Choice optioned, Murphy designated for assignment
The Rangers have recalled right-handed pitcher Roman Mendez from Triple-A Round Rock, and have purchased the contract of outfielder Jake Smolinski from Round Rock. They have optioned outfielder and designated hitter Michael Choice to Round Rock, and have designated infielder Donnie Murphy for assignment.
Right-handed pitcher Nick Martinez has been scratched from his start Tuesday with discomfort in his left side he sustained in batting practice last week. The Rangers are not making an official roster move Monday, but Phil Irwin will be recalled from Round Rock to pitch Tuesday. Irwin was claimed from the Pirates about six weeks ago, and Martinez will likely head to the disabled list Tuesday.