Before Wednesday’s 4-2 defeat of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Rangers announced a move affecting their pitching staff. 

Lefty Taylor Hearn will be moving into the bullpen starting with this upcoming series against the Washington Nationals. Manager Chris Woodward said that it is likely that Hearn will pitch in Saturday’s ball game.

The timing of the move definitely makes sense, in Hearn’s last four starts he has given up a total of 27 runs. Hearn also did not pitch 6 innings in any of those starts. 

Hearn’s last start was the icing on the cake for this decision. Taylor took the ball in Detroit giving up 8 earned runs in just 3.2 innings pitched. 

So, with that being said, what’s next for this Rangers rotation? 

As of now, the rotation lines up like this for the upcoming series against the Nationals.

Friday: Dane Dunning 

Saturday: TBD (would have been Hearn’s spot)

Sunday: Glenn Otto

Other than Hearn, the Rangers starters have done a really good job this season, meaning Texas only has to fill one spot in the rotation.

Could it be a minor leaguer that fills this spot?

The short answer to this question is probably not.

Although it would make sense to give someone fresh a try, there really just is not anyone ready.

At the beginning of the season, Cole Winn seemed like the perfect candidate to come up in the middle of June. However, Winn has struggled in the minors this year, putting up an ERA of 5.43. 

Someone like lefty Cole Ragans could see the big leagues soon if he continues to have success. However, with his recent promotion from AA Frisco to AAA Round Rock, The Rangers don’t want to rush him. 

If we do see someone come up from the minors it will likely be someone with prior big-league experience. Someone like Kolby Allard or Spencer Howard. 

So, someone who’s already on the team is gonna fill the spot?

I do see this as the more likely option, with guys like Allard and Howard they have gotten chances and just have not been able to produce. So why not give someone else a try?

Matt Moore could be a candidate to get a start. Moore has experience of starting in the past and has had success out of the bullpen this season. 

Brock Burke is another name thrown around but I don’t see it with him. The Rangers likely are not going to want to take away his momentum out of the bullpen since he is so young. 

In the end, it will be interesting to see how the Rangers deal with this situation. For Texas, you have to hope that whoever ends up filling this spot will be able to find some success.

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