Cautious Rangers send Nippert to DL

Cautious Rangers send Nippert to DL

DETROIT -- Dustin Nippert was back working out with the Rangers on Tuesday, one day after getting hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson. Nippert was hit in the side of the head during the sixth inning of Monday's 8-6 win over the Tigers.

"I really didn't have time [to think] about it," Nippert said. "I remember throwing the pitch, the flash of the ball, it hitting me on the head and going to the ground. After that, everything was slow.

"I thought, 'I hit the ground but I think I'm all right.'"

Nippert had a contusion on the right side of his head and was experiencing occasional dizzy spells. But the Rangers want to be cautious with him, and they needed bullpen help after Monday's 14-inning game, so Nippert went on the disabled list and Doug Mathis was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

"We just decided to be on the on the cautious side and make sure nothing happens," manager Ron Washington said. "He was going to have four days down anyway before he could do any activity, and the way the game went last night, we needed to get another arm in here."

Mathis is 1-1 with a 6.98 ERA in 10 relief appearances for the Rangers this season and was 4-4 with a 4.68 ERA in 11 games at Oklahoma City. The Rangers had other options, including Omar Beltre and Pedro Strop, but they needed a long reliever to replace Nippert. Mathis is better suited for that role.

"We needed length, that's all," Washington said. "We know Mathis can do that for us."