Rangers could give a start to Bonilla

Rangers could give a start to Bonilla

ARLINGTON -- As of now the Rangers are planning to stay with the five starters they have through the rest of the season. Miles Mikolas, who is sidelined with shoulder fatigue, is playing catch but has not yet thrown off a mound.

If the Rangers need another starter, they may go with Lisalverto Bonilla, a September callup who was converted from a reliever to a starter at Triple-A Round Rock. He has been pitching out of the bullpen since coming up but was 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in six starts at Round Rock.

"We've talked about Bonilla getting a start or him taking someone's spot if there's some soreness or something," interim manager Tim Bogar said. "There might be an opportunity for Bonilla to get a start before the year's over.

"I saw him in Spring Training and here, and what we know is he has a pretty good changeup and he uses his offspeed well, he's just got to be able to locate his fastball to make [his offspeed] effective. So far what I've seen up here is what I've been told. I like his offspeed stuff and his changeup."

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.