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
One day after getting recalled, outfielder Michael Choice has been optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock.
The Rangers optioned Choice after recalling right-handed reliever Spencer Patton. The Rangers went with a six-man bullpen Wednesday and would have been extremely short-handed Thursday seeing as Anthony Bass threw four innings of relief in Wednesday’s 8-2 loss to the Athletics.
Choice went 0-for-1 with a strikeout and made a two-base error Wednesday in his only Major League game this season.
Patton has thrown three innings for the Rangers this season, allowing three earned runs. He has given up two home runs, but also has four strikeouts. Patton has a 0.78 ERA in 22 relief appearances for Round Rock this season.
The Rangers announced Wednesday they have recalled outfielder Michael Choice from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned left-handed relief pitcher Alex Claudio back to Round Rock.
Choice was hitting .242 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs for Round Rock this year. He has a .188 average in 271 career Major League at-bats.
Claudio has a 2.87 ERA in 15 2/3 innings this season for the Rangers.