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ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 30: Tanner Scheppers #52 of the Texas Rangers sits in the dugout after being pulled from the game after loading the bases against the Cincinnati Reds in the top of the eighth inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 30, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX – JUNE 30: Tanner Scheppers #52 of the Texas Rangers sits in the dugout after being pulled from the game after loading the bases against the Cincinnati Reds in the top of the eighth inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 30, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers has sustained facial bruises, according to The Texas Rangers, after he was assaulted while walking in downtown Cleveland this week.

The Rangers say the 27-year-old suffered a bruised left eye and two small cuts above his nose Thursday night. He was unavailable to pitch in Friday night’s 11-8 loss to the Indians in 11 innings. The Rangers say the incident occurred a few blocks from the team’s hotel.

The club arrived in Cleveland after playing an afternoon game on Thursday in Texas, and Scheppers was getting dinner when the attack occurred just two blocks from the team’s hotel. Scheppers is expected to be available for Saturday night’s game.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 220 lb Scheppers says he was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was “sucker punched” several young men. He wasn’t robbed but did file a police report.

Scheppers was cleared by team doctors to pitch, if needed in tonight’s game against the Cleveland Indians.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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