NEW YORK -- The Rangers continue to juggle their rotation. Nick Martinez had been scheduled for Monday against the Astros but has been pushed back to Tuesday, as the Rangers want Miles Mikolas to pitch on four days' rest following his strong outing in Baltimore on Wednesday.
Martinez was originally scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Mets at Citi Field, which would have given him a chance to hit in the National League ballpark and play before old friends from Fordham University in the Bronx. Martinez, who was drafted out of Fordham in 2011, was sorry he didn't have the chance to pitch in front of his pals.
"I saw a couple of them [on Saturday] night," Martinez said. "They are still coming to the ballpark on Sunday and sitting in the bleachers. They'll be out there."
Nick Tepesch, who will start on Sunday, has been pushed back twice because of the rotation changes. He was originally supposed to pitch against the Mets on Friday.
"It hasn't been tough at all," Tepesch said. "I've stuck to my program and been preparing myself. The day I pitch may change, but I still don't change the way I prepare."
Tepesch was in the bullpen on Friday night in case the Rangers needed a long reliever, but starter Yu Darvish went five innings, and Tepesch wasn't needed.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less