Rangers going to skip Tepesch in rotation

Rangers starting pitcher Nick Tepesch.


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ARLINGTON, Texas – Nick Tepesch, who left his Sunday start because of a sore left knee, won’t pitch in the series against Cleveland.

The Rangers have decided to skip Tepesch to give his knee a chance to rest some. He’s slated to pitch in next week’s series at Chicago.

"He should be ready to go when we get to Chicago," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He took himself out of a game. We’re not going to rush him back. It’ll give him a chance to catch up."

Tepesch played catch Tuesday and said his knee felt better. He was originally slated to throw a bullpen but that was pushed back once the club decided to skip him. He said the knee is progressing.

"It’s close," Tepesch said. "It feels a lot better than it did the other say. I wouldn’t call it 100 percent."

With Tepesch getting skipped the club will start Jerome Williams Friday against the Indians with Miles Mikolas starting Saturday and Yu Darvish Sunday.