The Texas Rangers breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday night when X-rays on rookie reliever Tanner Scheppers came back negative.
Scheppers was forced out of his appearance in the loss to the Angels on Tuesday after just two pitches with a knee injury, suffered when Los Angeles’ Chris Iannetta collided with him as he covered home following a wild pitch. It could’ve been worse, of course; Mike Trout scored on the play as well, and almost crashed into Scheppers--who was laying on top of the plate, writhing in pain at this point--when he slid in.
"He [Trout] could have wrecked me pretty good if he wanted to," Scheppers said, per ESPN Dallas. "I was still right on top of the plate."
In 36 appearances this season, Scheppers has a 4.50 ERA, 29 strikeouts and 8 walks. He also has a save on the year.
"We feel we dodged a bullet," general manager Jon Daniels said after the X-rays came in. "It feels like we may have avoided the worst."
Texas is still awaiting the results of an MRI on the knee, but Scheppers is not on crutches and the injury is looking increasingly like it’s nothing serious.