It's been a rough season for the Texas Rangers, and it won't get any easier as they try to wrap up the schedule without one of their top starting pitchers.
It was announced on Saturday that Dane Dunning will undergo season-ending hip surgery next week, leaving Texas without one of its most reliable hurlers.
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The news is somewhat surprising considering that Dunning made it through his last start without any issues, going 5 innings and matching his season-high with 8 strikeouts to earn the win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 21. Apparently the team discovered his hip issue after that and decided surgery was the best course of action for the 27-year-old.
With the Rangers 20 games below .500, there's no sense in risking further injury to one of their more dependable arms. Dunning ranks second on the team in starts (29), innings (153 1/3) and strikeouts (137) behind only All-Star Martin Perez.
Dunning's performance had declined recently, so perhaps the hip injury was behind it. He had a 5.67 ERA over his last eight starts after posting a 4.04 ERA through his first 21 starts.
Hopefully, Dunning can get the injury taken care of and come back strong and healthy for Texas next season. The Rangers are counting on the former first-round draft pick to be a staple in their rotation as they try to return to contention.