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Scheppers Out for Half Season with Knee Injury

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    Tanner Scheppers #52 of the Texas Rangers throws the first pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning during the MLB Opening Day game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on March 31, 2014 in Arlington. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Texas Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers has torn cartilage in his left knee and will miss at least the first half of the season, general manager Jon Daniels said Saturday.

    Scheppers, who was 4-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 42 relief appearances last year, is scheduled for surgery Wednesday. His knee became swollen after a bullpen session earlier in the week.

    He was setback by a right ankle sprain in spring training 2015, which preceded an 11.25 ERA in five April appearances and a demotion to Triple-A Round Rock, where he had a 1.93 ERA in 13 games.

    Scheppers, a 2009 first-round draft pick, was the Rangers' opening day starter in 2014, but an elbow injury that year limited him to 23 innings.