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Rangers' Joe Saunders made first rehab start on Tuesday

By on 5/08/2014 12:00:00 PM

The Texas Rangers lost to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday by the score of 9-2. It was the ninth loss in the last 12 games for the Rangers, who dropped to 17-17 on the season. At the forefront of the Rangers' problems is a pitching staff that is 28th in the Major Leagues in ERA at 4.88. Joe Saunders, who figures to be in the mix to join the starting rotation, pitched in his first rehab game on Tuesday for Double-A Frisco.

As reported by Jack Etkin and Teddy Cahill of, Saunders threw 66 pitches, 44 for strikes, in four innings of work. He allowed four hits, three runs with a walk and four strikeouts.  Although he allowed back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning, the rest of his outing was solid.

Saunders has made it clear that he doesn't want to pitch out of the bullpen upon his return, but manager  Ron Washington isn't ready to discuss Saunders' preference to be a starter.
"That's not a decision I'm going to sit here and make. I think that's a decision we going to have a group discussion on, and Joe Saunders will be included in that group discussion. So I don't have no comment on what Joe Saunders has to say."
Saunders was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2002.  The veteran has pitched for the Angels, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Mariners and Rangers.  Last season, he 11-16 with a 5.26 ERA for the Mariners. In 222 career games, Saunders is 89-82 with a 4.31 ERA.

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