ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 16: Justin Grimm #49 of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
The Texas Rangers' starting pitching rotation is full of uncertainties right now with both Justin Grimm and Nick Tepesch going every fifth day. So far, so good for the two rookies. Tepesch held Minnesota to one run in Thursday night's 2-1 Rangers win and Friday night will be Grimm's chance to continue to shine.
In his last start, Grimm was phenomenal in a blowout victory over Seattle on Sunday when he worked six innings, allowing just one earned run with a career-high nine strikeouts and just one walk.
On Friday he'll have a bit tougher lineup to face in Minnesota than the one he's faced in his last two starts against Seattle, but a similar outing could go a really long way in determining Grimm's future with the club when guys like Martin Perez and Colby Lewis get healthy, not to mention Matt Harrison, who Grimm is replacing in the rotation after Harrison had back surgery and will be out until after the all-star break.
If Grimm continues to pitch well, the Rangers will have many different options with him, which include leaving him on the big-league club — possibly in the rotation — or using him as a trade chip this summer to either get a big bat or possibly a frontline starter like David Price.
If Grimm keeps pitching well, it'll be good for the Rangers in some form or fashion, we'll just have to wait and see in which way.