Rangers’ Jake Diekman strikes out two in perfect rehab debut

Rangers’ Jake Diekman strikes out two in perfect rehab debut

Texas Rangers left-handed reliever Jake Diekman struck out two in a perfect inning for Double A Frisco Thursday night..

It’s Diekman’s first rehab appearance and first game since October 2016. Diekman has been on the disabled list since January after beginning a three-step surgery to remove and reconstruct his colon to treat ulcerative colitis.

The last surgery was on June 9 and Diekman has been working towards this moment in earnest since July 20. Diekman entered the game in the fifth inning and induced a groundout to second base, struck out the second batter looking and got a strikeout swinging to end the inning. He threw eight strikes and five balls. He’s likely to make a few more rehab appearances before joining the Rangers’ roster.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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