Scheppers, Fujikawa could start season on disabled list

Scheppers, Fujikawa could start season on disabled list

ARLINGTON -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels offered updates on the team's injured players Friday.

• Reliever Tanner Scheppers (ankle) threw a bullpen session Friday, but it's "possible" he could start the season on the disabled list, Daniels said. The same holds true for reliever Kyuji Fujikawa (groin).

"Those things don't go away overnight or in two days, they take a little time, so I would expect he'd open on the DL," Daniels said of Fujikawa, who threw long toss on Friday.

• Right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla (elbow) was examined by team doctor Keith Meister and underwent an MRI after a disastrous seven-run first inning in his last start of Spring Training, Daniels said. Bonilla will start the season on the disabled list and then begin throwing next week if all goes well.

• Top prospect Joey Gallo underwent ankle surgery Friday to remove a small bone in his ankle that was causing problems and is expected to return to Double-A Frisco in as little as three weeks.

"[Geovany] Soto was back in a game for us last spring 16 days after that surgery," Daniels said. "so we're going to use that three-week timetable as an approximate expectation for when Joey will be back."

• Reliever Shawn Tolleson, who had been dealing with a sore forearm, had a "clean bill of health" and was expected to pitch Friday in the Rangers' exhibition game against the Mets.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.