ROUND ROCK -- Most pitchers don't make their first Major League start before their first Triple-A outing. But that's what Justin Grimm will do this year.
"It's very weird," Grimm admitted.
Grimm was called up from Double-A Frisco to start against the Astros June 16. He won his big league debut by giving up three runs over six innings in an 8-3 Rangers victory before giving six runs on eight hits in just one inning during a 8-2 loss to the Tigers on June 25. Grimm was sent back to Frisco last week and tossed three scoreless innings for the RoughRiders on Monday before being promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. He is scheduled to make his Express debut on Saturday.
"I'm looking forward to being in a starting role," Grimm said. "These hitters have a little more experience, obviously. It's going to be a good test. I don't think I'm going to look at stats as much as I did in Frisco. All of those numbers were pretty unreal."
Grimm went 8-3 with a Texas League-best 1.80 ERA in 14 starts with Frisco, striking out 68 and walking 14. After making two starts with the Rangers, he made one relief appearance, giving up three runs in three innings during a 19-2 loss to the White Sox on July 3. He went 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA in his first three Major League outings.
"I went up to Arlington and the thing I learned is I can get big league hitters out," Grimm said. "I had a good outing, a terrible outing and an OK outing. I had success, for the most part. When you take away that Detroit start, it's not too shabby."