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Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien continued his solid June in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the Royals. Semien went 3-for-4 with a single, a double, a three-run home run, four RBI, and a strikeout. The 31-year-old has not made the best first impression overall offensively with his new team but has managed a much-improved .288 batting average with seven HR, 15 RBI, and six stolen bases in June. This is more in line with the production fantasy managers were hoping for, so hopefully, he can continue to hit and steal bases up until the All-Star break.
Texas Rangers catcher/designated hitter Mitch Garver (forearm) spoke to reporters on Sunday and stated that he is considering surgery on his right forearm that would end his 2022 season. Garver has a flexor tendon injury in his right forearm. The injury has prevented him from playing catcher this year and Garver also believes it has hampered his ability to hit. While speaking to reporters, he stated, "The only way that I'm gonna be the player that I want to be is with the surgery." If he opts for the surgery now, he should be able to return to the field for spring training next year.
The Texas Rangers placed right-handed pitcher Matt Bush (forearm) on the 15-day injured list on Sunday. He is dealing with right forearm soreness. The move to the injured list is retroactive to June 25. Bush has appeared in 30 games this year, with three of his appearances coming as an opener. He's pitched to a 4.05 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP while maintaining a strong 5.1 K/BB ratio thanks to his 90th percentile 31.3% strikeout rate. Bush stated that he isn't too worried about his forearm soreness and thinks that the rest he'll have while on the injured list will allow him to finish the year strong.
The Texas Rangers have activated starting pitcher Glenn Otto from the COVID-19 injured list. He will be the team's starting pitcher for Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals. Otto was on the COVID-19 injured list for about two weeks. The 26-year-old has been having a decent year with some ups-and-downs along the way. Across eight starts, he's gone 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He posted quality starts in two of his last four starts prior to landing on the COVID-19 injured list.
The Texas Rangers optioned second baseman Ezequiel Duran and pitcher Taylor Hearn to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. Duran was in a platoon role following his call-up on June 4. He struggled recently, hitting .067 (1-for-15) over his last four games. Duran couldn't find any playing time in a loaded Rangers infield that included Corey Seager and Marcus Semien and was sent back down to pick up everyday at-bats. Hearn struggled after posting a 6.25 ERA and 1.75 WHIP with 54 punchouts over 59 innings. The 27-year-old was recently demoted to the bullpen over the weekend after starting the season in the rotation. Hearn will head to Triple-A Round Rock and could be a top candidate to get recalled later in the season. The Rangers will make corresponding moves on Sunday.