Coming on the heels of Yu Darvish's triceps tightness that soon became a UCL sprain that will require Tommy John surgery, another Texas Rangers pitcher was dealing with arm soreness this week.
But Anthony Ranaudo, who is competing for the No. 5 starter job this spring after being traded for Robbie Ross, said his soreness that caused him to leave Wednesday's outing was nothing new, and nothing to be concerned about.
“It’s normal stuff that I’ve dealt with,’’ Ranaudo told The Dallas Morning News, referring to the same feeling he's had from time to time dating back to his senior season at LSU. “I don’t plan on missing my next appearance. It’s nothing major for me. Everything’s good.’’
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That's good news even though Ranaudo isn't the favorite for the No. 5 starter's job — that'd be Chi Chi Gonzalez. Ranaudo is one of a handful of guys competing for the job, and with the Rangers' recent history of pitching injuries, you never know when he might get a shot.