Including Rangers in the Guardians rotation

The Texas Rangers won’t be late for the first two games of the series, which begins on Friday, but they haven’t decided who will start for the Sunday finale against the Cleveland Guardians.

Max Scherzer’s injury, for which he was listed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday after being diagnosed with a strained right teres on Tuesday, leaves a position free in the rotation for Sunday.

Right-hander Jon Gray (8-7, 3.96) of the Rangers will face off against right-hander Lucas Giolito (7-13, 4.89) in Friday night’s 6:10 p.m. CT opener.

On Sunday, Gray made his most recent start against Oakland and only managed 2 2/3 innings against the Athletics in a no-decision. He walked two times and struck out three times while giving up four hits and three runs that were earned. He has a 4.86 ERA, a 2-2 record in his past seven starts, with 42 strikeouts and 14 walks in his last 37 innings of work.

Giolito made his final start on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, who had acquired him at the trade deadline and then discarded him the month prior. He went seven innings, but he suffered a defeat. He walked none and struck out nine while giving up four hits and four runs that were earned. He has a 7.24 ERA, a 1-4 record, with 29 strikeouts and 14 walks over his previous 27 1/3 innings in his last five starts.

On Saturday, the Rangers’ right-hander Dane Dunning (10-6, 3.91) will face Cleveland’s right-hander Tanner Bibee (10-4, 3.03).

For the first time since Aug. 30 against the New York Mets, Dunning started throwing on Monday against Toronto. After six innings and six hits and three earned runs, he was declared the winner. He also had seven strikeouts and three walks. In his last seven games, he is 1-2 with a 6.27 ERA, 43 strikeouts, and 17 walks over 37.1 innings pitched.

Bibee, a rookie, lost his most recent start on Sunday to the Angels, but he pitched well for seven innings. He walked none, fanned eight, and allowed two hits and two runs, both of which were earned. He has a 2.79 ERA, a 3-2 record, 42 strikeouts, and 10 walks in his last 42 innings during his previous seven starts. He usually lasts seven innings in each start.

Although the Rangers have not yet named their starter for Sunday, it seems expected that one of Andrew Heaney, Martin Perez, or Cody Bradford will take the mound for the team.

Gavin Williams, a right-hander, will get the game going for the Guardians (2-5, 3.43).

Williams’ final start, on Monday against San Francisco, resulted in a no-decision. During his six innings of work, he allowed five hits and three earned runs. He had two strikeouts and four walks. In his last seven starts, he is 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA, 37 strikeouts, and 13 walks over 33 1/3 innings.

The Rangers play their final homestand, which starts on Monday with a series against the Boston Red Sox, when they return from Cleveland.