The Rangers announced Monday they have recalled right-handed pitcher Phil Klein. They also optioned right-handed reliever Anthony Bass to Triple-A Round Rock and designated right-hander Ross Ohlendorf for assignment.
Friday at Minute Maid
Shin-Soo Choo was not in the lineup on Friday night. He is not hurt. The Rangers are going with Delino DeShields in left, Leonys Martin in center and Josh Hamilton in right for the first game of the second half.
Stay tuned on that one.
Nick Martinez pitched two innings in Triple A on Thursday night. The Rangers are looking for bullpen help. It appears there is a possibility Martinez could come back as a reliever.
Derek Holland threw in the bullpen on Friday. His next step will be live BP in Colorado. The Rangers have discussed the possibility of Holland in the bullpen but his rehab process will continue to be as a starter. If that is the case, he may not be back until September.
Carlos Corporan has been put on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb.,.. Tomas Telis has been called up… Corporan aggravated it during Thursday’s workout
As the Rangers get ready for the second half, there are two weeks to go before the July 31 Trade Deadline…
There appears to be no traction between the Rangers and the Phillies as far as Cole Hamels. The Rangers like the pitcher but not the contract or the asking price as far as prospects. Said one Rangers source, “If we were going to do that trade, we would have already done it by now.”
The Rangers have found there is some interest in left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, who starts on Monday against Colorado. Clubs have told the Rangers that Rodriguez could be a fallback option if they are unable to land a bigger name starting pitcher in a trade.
If the Rangers move Rodriguez, it would allow them to bring back Nick Martinez or Chi Chi Gonzalez
Clubs are looking for catching. The Rangers are open to moving Carlos Corporan and bringing up Tomas Telis.
Yovani Gallardo is a free agent after the season. The Rangers will likely wait until right up to the Trade Deadline before they decide if they will make him available. The Rangers won’t want to move him if they feel they are still in the race.
Derek Holland throws a bullpen session on Saturday and could throw live batting practice in Colorado. The next step could be a rehab assignment.
Matt Harrison is throwing live BP in Houston on Thursday evening. He is scheduled to start Tuesday in Colorado.
The Rangers have agreed to terms with Cuban INF Andy Ibanez on an international free agent contract.
According to the Rangers:
Middle infielder from Isla de la Juventud, Cuba. Andy debuted in the Serie Nacional in 2011 at the age of 18. He was the youngest member of the Cuban National Team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Stands out for his advanced hitting approach and ability to hit line drives from gap-to-gap. Aggressive player who steals bases and is a capable infielder best-suited for 2B.
Josh Hamilton was out of the lineup on Saturday. It was a planned day off but he still has some soreness in his hamstring muscle.
Delino DeShields, who is on the DL with a hamstring issue, is here working out with the team but the Rangers haven’t decided to activate him.
Rangers option Chi Chi Gonzalez…. Anthony Ranaudo is up as a long reliever.
Matt Harrison is pitching Wednesday…. Gallardo has been moved up to Tuesday… this allows Gallardo to pitch Sunday as well