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Texas Rangers closerIan Kennedy(hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a mild left hamstring strain on Wednesday. He was unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Giants and hasn't pitched since last Friday. It's unclear exactly how much time Kennedy will miss, but fantasy managers can expect to be without the Rangers closer for at least 10 days. Josh Sborz, Brett Martin and John King could form more of a closer-by-committee for however long Kennedy is out. Sborz might be the best speculative addition if you're desperate for saves in the short term, but he's blown two saves in the last week and is sporting a 4.38 ERA and 1.21 WHIP on the season in 26 relief outings (24 2/3 innings) with 32 K's and eight walks.
Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo (groin) was forced to exit early during Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants. He was removed due to groin tightness during the eighth inning. This is concerning since Gallo is likely going to be the Rangers' biggest trade chip at the deadline. Gallo slapped his 11th home run of the season in this game, but could very well miss a few games as a precaution. Fantasy managers will need to wait until more information is available.
Texas Rangers relief pitcher Ian Kennedy (hamstring) was unavailable out of the bullpen for Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants. He has not pitched since last Friday due to hamstring tightness. It doesn't sound like the team plans on placing Kennedy on the injured list. They'd rather give him a few days to rest and hope he'll be able to pitch again soon. Kennedy holds a 2.53 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 25/7 K/BB ratio with 12 saves in 21 1/3 innings this season. He should be rostered in most fantasy formats where saves matter.
Texas Rangers starter Jordan Lyles turned in a surprise gem at home against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday in the club's 9-4 loss. Lyles pitched extremely well in the first half of the game, with a sixth-inning Brandon Crawford solo home run as the only earned run he allowed. Steven Duggar was also able to drive in Brandon Belt in the second inning on a Nate Lowe error, with right-hander dancing around anymore danger while giving up six hits and three walks in six full innings. Clearly not a full-season player, Lyles still has a 5.37 ERA and 1.52 WHIP even after this game and he is everything that he is advertised to be. Lyles can blow up at any time, but he can also spin an unpredictable stud performance here and there. That said, the key word is unpredictable, so continue to simply avoid him moving forward.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Dane Dunning looked sharp during Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. He tossed five scoreless innings, three hits allowed, two walks, and six strikeouts. Somehow, the Rangers managed to lose 7-1, but you can thank the Rangers' bullpen for that one. Dunning will carry a 4.26 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 61 strikeouts into his next start versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. That won't be a start where Dunning is an appealing streaming option. Possibly another solid start would make him someone worth snagging in standard leagues.