July 12, 2024

Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Michael Lorenzen endured an extended offseason, finding himself without a team until near the conclusion of spring training after being let go by the Phillies post-season. Eventually, on March 22, he secured a contract with the Texas Rangers. Despite his delayed entry into the season, Lorenzen showcased his prowess in his 2024 debut for the reigning World Series champions on Monday. MLB.com’s Steve Kornacki reported that the right-hander had only three minor league starts before stepping onto the mound for the Rangers.

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Former Phillie Michael Lorenzen spins shutout in debut for World Series champs

Lorenzen delivered an impressive performance, facing 20 batters over five innings of scoreless baseball, conceding only three hits while striking out four. However, he did issue five walks, the only blip on an otherwise stellar outing against the Detroit Tigers. Supported by the Rangers bullpen, his efforts led to a narrow 1-0 victory, marking his first win with the team at the age of 32.

Acknowledging his teammates’ contributions, Lorenzen praised catcher Jonah for calling effective pitches that helped navigate challenging situations, resulting in crucial double plays.

Michael Lorenzen: Glass of water from forehead to floor without hands

Looking ahead, Lorenzen’s next challenge awaits against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday Night Baseball, promising a tougher test than his debut against the Tigers.

Reflecting on his stint with the Phillies last season, where he initially made waves following a mid-season trade from the Tigers, Lorenzen’s performance dwindled as the season progressed, ending with a 5.51 ERA in 47 1/3 innings.

Now in his 10th MLB season, Lorenzen’s journey continues, with a possibility of facing his former team as the Rangers visit Citizens Bank Park for a series against the Phillies from May 21 to 23.

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