6/11/2014 7:49 P.M. ET
Scheppers latest Ranger to land on disabled list
By Grace Raynor / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Another day, another Ranger on the disabled list.
With inflammation in his right elbow, Tanner Scheppers became Texas' latest victim, landing on the DL on Wednesday. He joins the slew of other Rangers -- 13 others, to be exact -- on the DL for at least 15 days. The Rangers have now used the DL 20 times this season.
Scheppers went on the DL on April 18 for the same problem, and he made five rehab appearances before coming back to the Rangers last Thursday. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- in an inning in Tuesday night's 8-5 loss to the Marlins. Scheppers gave up two hits and a walk while committing a throwing error.
"Last time we shut him down for three weeks and then built him back up and brought him along," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "[Tuesday] was his fourth or fifth appearance here. ... I think it's probably going to be more of a prolonged shutdown period. What that is exactly -- six weeks or longer -- we haven't determined exactly yet.
Scheppers, 27, who was the Rangers' Opening Day starter, goes back on the DL with an 0-1 record in four starts and eight games. He has a 9.00 ERA in 23 innings.
Daniels commended Rangers manager Ron Washington for staying positive through what seems to be a never-ending storm of injuries.
"I think Wash has done a tremendous job by staying himself and keeping his spirits up," Daniels said.
But Washington admitted that the injuries are taking their toll.
"At some point, we've got to get blessed by the baseball gods," Washington said. "But ... they're not just going to come down and say, 'Y'all have been through enough.'"
Even if that's how it seems.
Reliever Rowen gets first big league call
ARLINGTON -- With the announcement that Tanner Scheppers is back on the disabled list, the Rangers have recalled Ben Rowen, a 25-year-old right hander, from Triple-A Round Rock.
Rowen was expected to be in Arlington around 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday, looking to make his big league debut.
At Round Rock, Rowen went 1-0 with two saves and a 2.75 ERA. He's made 16 relief appearances and was the Rangers' 2012 Minor League Reliever of the Year.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said he didn't get a chance to see Rowen throw this spring due to injury, but did see him throw last year and knows what he's done this season at Round Rock.
"He's been throwing well," Washington said. "I don't think he's given up very much down there, so I'm looking forward to seeing him."
Adduci suffers setback with fractured pinkie
ARLINGTON -- With Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland on the disabled list, the obvious replacement at first base was right fielder Jim Adduci, but now he's unavailable.
"He re-broke his finger when he dove at first base the other day," general manager Jon Daniels said of Adduci, who was on rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock and was just a few games away from his return from a fractured left pinkie finger.
Daniels said Adduci and the doctor were going to try to let it heal on its own for a few days, but that when the pain didn't alleviate, Adduci went back in to reassess the situation.
"It had not improved, so he went ahead and had two screws put in the finger to allow it to heal properly," Daniels said. "We've got approximately three weeks before he'll be back playing games."
• The Rangers entered Wednesday having lost four in a row, which ties for their longest losing streak of the season.
• Texas entered Wednesday's homestand finale 15-19 at Globe Life Park, good for a .441 home record. That's the third-lowest mark in the American League.
• Exactly 24 years ago to the day Wednesday, Nolan Ryan pitched his sixth career no-hitter. It was a 5-0 win against Oakland. Ryan became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter with three different teams, and in three different decades.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.