Rangers Injury Update: Nate Lowe, Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer

The Rangers are looking to get several of their players currently on IL back onto the field sooner than expected.
World Series - Texas Rangers v Arizona Diamondbacks - Game Three
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With the Rangers only a couple of weeks into the season, the team has already had to deal with a plethora of injuries from both their pitching staff and several of their position players. Fortunately this week, the Rangers got positive updates on several of their players and are hopeful that some will be able to return to the field for the Rangers sooner than expected.

One player in particular who is looking to get off of the IL sooner rather than later is starting pitcher Max Scherzer.

Scherzer has been on the IL since the end of last season after having back surgery to recover from a recurring injury that has been ailing him for the past few seasons now. Fortunately, the surgery was a success and Scherzer is looking to get back to the mound sooner than expected for the Rangers.

Scherzer is expected to throw live batting practice for the first time since his surgery this upcoming week, which is a good sign he could be back with the Rangers by June. 

Another player who is looking to quickly return to the Ranger roster is first baseman Nate Lowe.

Lowe has had to miss the start of the season as well as the majority of spring training due to an oblique injury he's been suffering from since early in the spring. Fortunately, he has quickly progressed these past few weeks and will be back in action playing for the Rangers Double-A affiliate, the Frisco Roughriders this Friday.

The news of Lowe recovering quickly is positive for the Rangers, especially since they are currently lacking experienced bats in their lineup due to Josh Jung recently going on the IL due to a fractured wrist and Corey Seager still not being back to 100%. Hopefully, once Lowe does return to the Rangers lineup, he can pick up where he left off as he was one of the most consistent hitters in the Rangers lineup last season.

The other member of the Rangers rotation who is looking to return to the Rangers is starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, who went down towards the beginning of last season after tearing his UCL and was forced to get Tommy John Surgery for the second time in his career. deGrom is progressing as expected so far and was able to throw from 90 feet earlier this week for the first time since his surgery.

The Rangers are hoping that deGrom will be able to return to the team by at least the second half of the season. Having deGrom back in the rotation will be a huge boost for the Rangers who are dealing with a somewhat makeshift rotation to start the season.

Overall all of the news the Rangers have received this week about their injured players have been positive and gives the team hope that they can be at full strength by at least the second half of the season. Hopefully, the team will be able to continue to hold up with the current reinforcements until then.

The Rangers need to get their full roster back and healthy if they want to make it back to the World Series. On FanDuel Sportsbook, they are currently behind the Yankees and the Astros in odds of winning the AL. (+600)

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