McCutchen clears waivers

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….Beltre, Saunders, Soria

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.

McCutchen DFA’d To Make Room For Lewis

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.

More on the website later.

Lewis to return Monday…weather pending

Colby Lewis is expected to pitch against the Mariners on Monday…if Sunday’s game doesn’t get rained out. The Rangers will pitch Lewis on Monday, Robbie Ross on Tuesday and Yu Darvish on Wednesday. If Sunday is rained out, everything is subject to change.

Rangers acquire pitcher from Seattle

Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers today have acquired right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Noesi, the Rangers have transferred infielder Jurickson Profar from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list. The club will need to make another roster move when Noesi reports to Arlington.

Noesi, 27, was on the Mariners Opening Day roster and made 2 relief appearances, posting an 0-1 record while allowing 3 runs in 1.0 inning of work. His last outing was on April 3 at Oakland and he was designated for assignment on April 4. Noesi has a career 4-16 record with a 5.64 ERA (120 ER/191.1 IP) in 66 games/21 starts at the major league level for New York-AL (2011) and Seattle (2012-14). He was acquired by the Mariners in a trade with the Yankees on January 23, 2012, a deal that involved Jesus Montero and Michael Pineda.

Profar opened the season on the 15-day disabled list with a torn muscle in his right shoulder. The first date he would be eligible to return to the active roster is May 29.

With today’s moves, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.

Lewis waits on Beltre, who has a mild quad strain.

Third baseman Adrian Beltre has been diagnosed with a mild strain on the left quad muscle. The Rangers are holding off putting him on the disabled list. The Rangers will wait through the weekend to see how Beltre progresses.

The Rangers are bringing back Colby Lewis to the rotation but are waiting until either Monday or Tuesday. If Beltre goes on the DL, it creates a roster spot for Lewis. If Beltre stays active, the Rangers have to make a move to open a spot for Lewis. So the Rangers, with Thursday being an off-day, have some time to wait on Beltre.

Lewis has been told and is not taking his out even though he won’t be activated until early next week.

Kouzmanoff called up. Seth Rosin designated for assignment

The Rangers, who are without third baseman Adrian Beltre, have called up Kevin infielder Kouzmanoff from Triple A Round Rock. To make room, they have designated pitcher Seth Rosin for assignment. Beltre has gone back to Texas to have his left quad muscle examined.

The Rangers have no new information but are obviously bracing for the possibility Beltre will need time on the disabled list.

Rosin, a Rule 5 pick, has to go through waivers and then be offered back to the Phillies.

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