SEATTLE -- Rangers pitcher Dustin Nippert isn't coming off the disabled list anytime soon. Nippert was eligible for activation on Wednesday, but he remains in Texas.
Nippert has been experiencing recurring headaches since getting hit on the right side of his head by a line drive off the bat of Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson on July 19 at Comerica Park.
"He started having recurring headaches, so we left him back," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Assistant general manager Thad Levine said Nippert has been cleared for baseball activity. He is doing cardiovascular exercise and is starting a throwing program. Nippert will likely need to go on a medical rehabilitation assignment. With no spot for him on the 25-man roster, Nippert could likely be out until September, when the rosters expand.
"I mean, he got HIT," Washington said. "It's not like it glanced. He got nailed. I don't think it is season-ending. He was ready to go, then he started to have these recurring headaches. It's just normal. Sometimes these things last four days, sometimes it might last four weeks."