Scheppers will join bullpen upon return in 2015

Scheppers will join bullpen upon return in 2015

ARLINGTON -- Tanner Scheppers, who will miss the rest of the season because of elbow inflammation, is going back to the bullpen in 2015.

Scheppers, who was the Opening Day starter, said he and the club have already decided that the bullpen is the best way to go, at least for next season.

"I still want to be a starter, but right now I'm a reliever," Scheppers said. "Everybody agrees that's best for the organization. At this point I just want to play again."

Scheppers was a reliever in his first two seasons in the Major Leagues before being switched to the rotation in Spring Training. He made four starts before developing elbow inflammation. He was on the disabled list from April 18 to June 5, came back for a week as a reliever and then went back on the DL with more elbow problems. He hasn't thrown since.

"Once it happened again, we wanted to take a more precautionary route instead of rushing back," Scheppers said. "It's definitely disappointing but we have to take care of what we have to take care of."

Scheppers is hoping to be able to throw off a mound by the end of the season and possibly make one or two appearances in instructional league. If Scheppers does that, he can have a normal offseason in preparing for Spring Training.

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.