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Tepesch Says He's Ready to Go

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    Nick Tepesch #23 of the Texas Rangers throws in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 11, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

    The Texas Rangers got yet another injury scare on Saturday night when starting pitcher Nick Tepesch had to leave the game with knee discomfort in the seventh inning of a game he was ptiching well in.

    Tepesch, of course, questionably made a relief appearance in the Rangers' 14-inning loss to the Yankees last week, and then was pushed back a day in the rotation to give him an extra day of rest. He pitched well on Saturday before having to leave the game just three pitches in to the seventh inning.

    Tepesch got treatment on his left knee after the game and reported positive results, saying he'd be ready for his next start, whenever that might.

    The Rangers will have options in Friday's series opener in Cleveland because of an off-day on Thursday and could let Tepesch start then or Saturday, depending on how they decide to lay out their rotation.

    You have to think the Rangers will err on the side of caution with Tepesch, a young starter who they seem to believe could be a formidable piece of the back-end of the rotation for years to come. So far this season, Tepesch is 3-7 with a 4.84 ERA in 12 starts.