The Rangers have acquired outfielder Dan Robertson from the Padres and brought him to the big leagues. He has never played in the Major Leagues. Pitcher Pedro Figueroa is on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. Robertson is a career .304 hitter with a .381 on-base and .411 slugging percentage. He has 131 stolen bases in seven seasons. He is a 5-8 right-handed hitter
The Rangers are not going to put outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle. He will not play again in Oakland and will be re-evaluated in Seattle. It is not a high ankle sprain, which is a more significant injury.
The Rangers instead designated pitcher Hector Noesi for assignment to make room for Nick Martinez. That also opens up a spot on the 40-man roster in case the Rangers want to call up an outfielder from Triple A at some point. Bryan Petersen and Brad Snyder are candidates but not on the 40-man.
The Rangers are waiting to hear from Dr Keith Meister on outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who is dealing with a sprained left ankle and could end up on the disabled list. Meister is expected to evaluate the results of an MRI and give the Rangers his recommendation. The Rangers have to make a roster move before tonight’s game to make room for pitcher Nick Martinez.
Choo told the Rangers there is still “discomfort” in the ankle, one day after coming out of Monday’s game in the seventh inning. He hit first base wrong trying to beat out an infield hit.
Choo is not in the lineup. Michael Choice is leading off. Donnie Murphy is the designated hitter.
The Rangers have placed pitcher Tanner Scheppers on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow and forearm. He will not throw for ten days. An MRI showed no structural damage to the ligament and the Rangers are not hoping this is serious. Scheppers had some soreness in Spring Training and that might be connected to this.
Nick Martinez is likely to start on Tuesday against Oakland. Left-hander Aaron Poreda has been called up to take that spot for now.
Pitcher Daniel McCutchen has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple A Round Rock. The Rangers have also signed former Major League outfielder Scott Cousins to a Minor League contract with the plans to convert him to a pitcher. He played in 135 games with the Marlins and the Angels. He went to the University of San Francisco
Monday afternoon in Arlington
Third baseman Adrian Beltre said it was “probably smart” to go on the disabled list but added he disagreed with the decision.
Joe Saunders, on the disabled list with a bruised left foot, is supposed to throw a bullpen today. The next step would be some fielding drills.
Manager Ron Washington said if the Rangers havea lead on Monday night then Joakim Soria would be the closer. Alexi Ogando got a save on Sunday because Soria had pitched the two previous games. Washington said Ogando will still get chances to close but Soria is still the closer.
The Rangers have designated for assignment relief pitcher Daniel McCutchen in order to make room for RHP Colby Lewis on the roster. Lewis will start for the Rangers tonight.
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