It had been 10 days since Nick Tepesch had taken the mound in a game when he made the start on Wednesday in Chicago against the White Sox, and what the Rangers saw from him was surely promising.
The young right-handed starter, who the Rangers are trying to groom to possibly compete for a rotation spot in 2015 along with Nick Martinez hadn't pitched in 10 days because of knee soreness he experienced, but he never went to the disabled list.
On Wednesday, he showed he was ready to be back. He was working on a strict pitch count of 80, and was pulled after 79 pitches just one out shy of a quality start, finishing the day after 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball with two strikeouts.
It was a big day for Tepesch, who picked up his fourth win of the season and dropped his ERA by nearly a half-run while helping the Rangers win back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month and giving them their second series victory in their last three series.
He'll look to continue that success with an extended pitch count in his next turn out against Tampa Bay next week in Arlington.