Probably the most overused adage in baseball is you can never have enough pitching.
As pitchers and catchers report on Wednesday, the Rangers have a total of five healthy starting pitchers on their entire forty-man roster. Five. Nathan Eovaldi, Jon Gray, Andrew Heaney, Dane Dunning, and Cody Bradford.
And nobody else.
Officially, they have a rotation. Now they just have to pray that none of them gets injured.
Nathan Eovaldi missed the entire 2017 season, and a big chunk of 2018 due to injury. He missed six weeks of the 2019 season due to injury. He missed a few weeks of the already-shortened 2020 season due to injury. He spent two stints on the injured list in 2022. He missed about seven weeks of the 2023 season due to injury.
Jon Gray missed the start of the 2016 season due to injury. He missed two months of 2017 due to injury. He missed the last two months of 2019 due to injury. And the last month of 2020. He was on the injured list a number of times in 2021. He missed over a month in 2022 due to injury. He missed the last month of last season due to injury.
Then there’s Andrew Heaney. He seems to spend major time on the I.L. every other season, which, if the pattern holds, is this season.
You get the picture. The Rangers, right now, are threadbare on starters. One of them has started just eight major league games.
You can never have enough pitching. And the Rangers most certainly don’t. But the season is forty-five days away. Still plenty of time to find a starter or two. Because they will need them.