Rangers Injury Report: Glenn Otto

Glenn Otto
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Texas Rangers right-hander Glenn Otto will be shut down for three weeks, the team announced on Saturday. Otto, who recently underwent an MRI for right lat tightness, will be re-examined by Dr. Keith Meister on Monday. Even though Otto wasn’t likely to make the club’s Opening Day roster, it’s still a notable loss. Their starting depth will be effected due to his injury.

Otto’s 2022 Campaign

The 27-year old right-hander made 27 starts for the Rangers last year, posting a 4.64 ERA. He might have actually been lucky to keep runs off the board at that pace. His 18.2% strikeout rate and 10.6% walk rate were both subpar, while his .255 batting average on balls in play was well below the .289 league average. The club pushed him down the depth chart with a busy offseason, acquiring Jacob deGromNathan EovaldiAndrew Heaney and Jake Odorizzi.

It is nearly impossible for a team to go through a full major league season with just five starting pitchers. This means that at some point, depth options will be used. As for Glenn Otto, he still has a full slate of minor league options, allowing the club to keep a guy with notable major league experience in Triple-A. Now he seems ticketed for an extended absence. Even if a three-week shutdown period helps him recover from his injury, he would then have to ramp back up at that point. This is why a trip to the 60-day IL seems to be on the table.

Other Injury Updates

Another notable Rangers pitcher who is dealing with an injury is righty Jake Odorizzi. He is dealing with arm fatigue and expected to start the season on the injured list. Elsewhere on the club’s pitching front, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports that righty Joe Barlow has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. Also, Dominic Leone has been released from his minor league deal, according to the transactions tracker at MLB.com.

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