Padilla scratched…Dustin Nippert starting
Vicente Padilla has been scratched from Wednesday’s start against the Red Sox because of flu-like symptoms. Dustin Nippert will start in his place.
Padilla is the fourth member of the Rangers to get zapped this week. Frank Francisco is on the disabled list with pneumonia. Omar Vizquel was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup. Eddie Guardado has been unavailable because of a head cold.
Nippert earned his first victory with two scoreless innings in relief in a 5-3 victory in 12 innings over the Twins on Sunday. He has a 7.36 ERA in two starts for the Rangers this year and is 3-5 with a 6.75 ERA in 13 career starts. He is 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA in three relief appearances against the Red Sox in his career.
Guardado could end up on the disabled list if the Rangers decide they need an extra player.