'Sucker punch' kept Rangers reliever out of action

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Texas Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers was unavailable to pitch on Friday because he was recovering from being "sucker punched" in downtown Cleveland on Thursday night.

After the team arrived in Cleveland and he was settled into his hotel room, Scheppers went to get a bite to eat about two blocks from the team hotel when he was assaulted by several men, he said. No report was filed; there was no robbery and the Cleveland police are aware of the situation, he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"One of those freak things," Scheppers said. "I was just getting food and was blindsided. ... It's something you don't want to be talking about. You want to be talking about baseball things."

He suffered a laceration on his left eye and a couple of cuts. He passed all concussion tests, but had a headache.

The Rangers said Scheppers will be available for Saturday's game.

Scheppers said he did not retaliate, saying: "I dropped like a sack of potatoes."
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