Reliever Cory Burns has been claimed by Tampa Bay. He was placed on waivers by the Rangers to make room for infielder Adam Rosales, who was called up from Triple A. Rosales replaces Luis Sardinas, who was optioned to Round Rock.
Engel Beltre will begin a 20-day rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock Thursday, the Rangers announced Wednesday. Beltre, an outfielder, started the season on the disabled list with a fractured right tibia, and after the 20-day period will either be activated or put through waivers.
Pitchers Luke Jackson and Phil Klein, as well as first baseman Ryan Rua and infielder Jake Smolinski have all been promoted from Double-A Frisco to Triple-A Round Rock. Outfielder Ryan Strausborger will move from Round Rock to Frisco, and right-handed pitcher Daniel McCutchen has been released from Round Rock. Pitcher Scott Richmond has been placed on the disabled list.
Rangers pitcher Derek Holland threw 75 pitches Monday in a live BP session. He will be further evaluated Tuesday. Holland had surgery Friday, Jan. 10, to repair torn cartilage behind his left kneecap after falling in his home a few days earlier.
Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland had ligament reconstruction and bone realignment surgery on his left ankle Monday, the Rangers announced Tuesday. Moreland has gone home to Mississippi, and will return to Charlotte, N.C. — the site of his surgery — in about a week. From there he will be reexamined and should be able to begin his rehab. Moreland went on the 15-day disabled list June 10 for pain in the left ankle. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training next season.
The Rangers have recalled first baseman Carlos Pena and designated Brad Snyder for assignment. Pena is in the lineup on Tuesday night.
Rangers catcher Jorge Alfaro and infielder Joey Gallo have been selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game. Both were selected to play last year but missed the game because of injuries. The game is July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis.