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Injuries & Moves: Gray nears return from IL

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Keep track of the Rangers’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

RHP Dennis Santana
Santana tested negative for COVID-19 when the Rangers left Toronto after Opening Day, but he was symptomatic April 14 and was given another test. After going through contact tracing protocols, no other players had to be placed on the list. Santana has allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings this season. — Kennedi Landry (Last updated: April 16)

RHP Jon Gray (right middle finger blister)
Expected return: April 19
Gray was placed on the injured list with a right middle finger blister following his Opening Day start against the Blue Jays. He took a no-decision, facing the minimum through three innings before permitting three runs in his fourth and final inning. Gray should be good to return when he is eligible before the Rangers head on a West Coast road trip to face the Mariners and A’s beginning April 19. — Kennedi Landry (Last updated: April 16)

RHP Spencer Howard (blister)
Expected return: Late April
Howard is the third Texas pitcher to spend time on the IL with a blister issue, joining Garrett Richards and Opening Day starter Jon Gray. Howard allowed six runs in three innings in his season debut against Toronto. — Kennedi Landry (Last updated: April 16)

RHP Josh Sborz (right elbow soreness)
Expected return: TBD
Manager Chris Woodward said Sborz will be reevaluated soon, but the extent of the soreness is not yet known. The right-hander has made four relief appearances for the Rangers this season, allowing five runs in four innings. — Kennedi Landry (Last updated: April 16)

RHP Jonathan Hernández (elbow)
Expected return: Midseason
Hernández was one of the Rangers’ top relief pitchers in 2020 and was due to anchor the back of the bullpen last year before he was shut down with a UCL injury early in camp. He underwent Tommy John surgery in April and didn’t pitch in ‘21. He started the season on the 60-day IL and should be set to return after the All-Star break. — Kennedi Landry (Last updated: April 16)

RHP José Leclerc (elbow)
Expected return: Midseason
Jonathan Hernández and Leclerc are in similar spots and had surgery roughly two weeks apart last spring. Leclerc is just a week or two ahead of Hernández in his throwing program, but he also seems to be progressing well through it. Leclerc was set to be the Rangers’ closer in 2021 and could return to that role during the back half of the season if all goes well during the rehab process. The club hoped to avoid placing him on the 60-day IL, since he could be cleared to pitch before he was eligible, but was unable to do so with the roster crunch out of camp. — Kennedi Landry (Last updated: April 7)

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