The Rangers have optioned pitcher Robbie Ross to Triple A Round Rock. He will be used as a starter, mainly to try and work out his command issues. Aaron Poreda has been recalled to serve as the second left-hander in the bullpen.
The Rangers have signed veteran first baseman Carlos Pena to a Triple A contract and assigned him to Round Rock. He gives the Rangers another option at first base in the absence of Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland.
Here is the official release:
Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has signed first baseman Carlos Pena to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock. Pena is expected to be active for the first time either tonight or tomorrow.
Pena, 36, returns to the club that originally selected him in the first round (10th overall) of the 1998 June draft. He made his major league debut with the Rangers in 2001. He has a career .233 average with 285 home runs for Texas (2001), Oakland (2002), Detroit (2002-05), Boston (2006), Tampa Bay (2007-10, 2012), Chicago-NL (2011), Houston (2013), and Kansas City (2013). Pena has 6 different seasons of 25-or-more home runs, including a career-high 46 homers with Tampa Bay in 2007. An All-Star in 2009, he also has also won a Gold Glove Award (2008) and Silver Slugger Award (2007). His last big league action was 4 games with the Royals last September.
He was in spring training with the Los Angeles Angels after signing with that club as a minor league free agent on January 28. He batted .139 (5-26) with no homers and 2 RBI in 20 spring games with the Angels before he was released on March 23.
The Rangers announced Wednesday that right-handed pitcher Tanner Scheppers will go on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Ben Rowen will be called up to make his major league debut from Triple-A Round Rock.
The Rangers have purchased the contract of Brad Snyder from Triple A Round Rock and put Mitch Moreland on the disabled list. Snyder is batting sixth and playing first base. Rougned Odor is also in the lineup at second base.
The Rangers are planning to announce the signing of first round pick Luis Ortiz on Wednesday. He is arriving in Texas tonight and will undergo a physical as a prelude to officially signing him.
The Rangers announced Monday that first baseman Mitch Moreland has decided he won’t have ankle reconstructive surgery that was supposed to sideline him for three months. Instead, he’ll have his os trigonum bone behind his ankle removed, and is hoping to be back in three to four weeks.
Second baseman Rougned Odor, who exited Sunday’s game against the Indians with a sprained right shoulder had an MRI and is expected to be available off the bench tonight. He’ll take BP.
Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor exited the Rangers’ Sunday game with the Indians in the fifth inning with a right shoulder sprain and is listed as day-to-day. Odor was intending to steal second, and hurt his shoulder as he attempted to slide back into first. He will undergo further examination Monday.