In yesterday’s victory over the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers starter Nick Tepesch left the game in the second inning after being hit in the right wrist with a line drive off of Jesus Montero‘s powerful bat. Tepesch had to leave his post after striking out three batters and allowing two hits in 1.2 innings, but the Rangers didn’t miss a beat. In fact, the Rangers bullpen came in and shut out the Mariners in the 5-0 victory, with Derek Lowe notching the win after four perfect frames. Jason Frasor finished the game off by striking out two batters and walking just one in the final inning.
Tepesch suffered the injury in just his third MLB start, and he currently has a 3.46 ERA this year in a solid start to the season. He has been diagnosed with a right wrist contusion, according to a tweet from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times. A contusion is just a fancy word for a severe bruise, so Tepesch has a good chance of making his next scheduled start. He’s going to be listed day-to-day by the Rangers, and the young right-hander should be able to continue his quality start to the season.
If we take into account Tepesch’s outing yesterday, he now has a 3.07 ERA and actually had 18 strikes out of 21 total pitches yesterday.