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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.

Neftali Feliz called up from Round Rock

Right-handed pitcher Neftali Feliz has been called up from Triple-A Round Rock and Ben Rowen has been optioned, the Rangers announced Friday. Feliz will be available Friday night in New York when the Rangers take on the Mets. In Round Rock, Feliz went 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 24 relief appearances.

Rangers sign Nunez

The Rangers have signed right-handed pitcher Jeffrey Nunez from the Dominican Republic, according to MLB.Com’s Jesse Sanchez. He was signed for $250,000, the maximum the Rangers can pay under their limitations. He is 16 years old.

Rangers designate Saunders for assignment

The Rangers have designated pitcher Joe Saunders for assignment, Miles Mikolas has been recalled from Triple A Round Rock and will pitch on Wednesday. Nick Tepesch has been pushed back to Friday.

Padres interested in Preller

Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller is on the list of candidates to be the Padres next general manager. Major League sources confirm that the Padres have permission to interview Preller and are expected to do so in the near future.

Preller is in his 10th season with the Rangers and has been one of general manager Jon Daniels’ most trusted lieutenants. From 2010-13 he was in charge of the Rangers professional, international and amateur scouting and helped rebuild the farm system.

The Padres are looking for a general manager after dismissing Josh Byrnes earlier in June.

Burns claimed by Tampa Bay

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 to begin rehab assignment

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.

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