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.
The Rangers shocked everybody by activating third baseman Adrian Beltre off the disabled list. Two days ago Beltre said the thumb was still painful. Now he is playing. Shin-Soo Choo is out of the lineup with back spasms. Joey Gallo is still here.
The Rangers admitted Beltre is still feeling some pain but it is manageable
Derek Holland had another positive MRI that showed continued improvement on his left shoulder. He will continue on his throwing program but has not yet been cleared to throw off a mound.
Martin Perez will throw a bullpen tomorrow and if that goes well, he could resume his medical rehab assignment by pitching for Frisco on Monday.
Josh Hamilton has been working out with the Triple A Round Rock team and is doing full baseball activities, including batting practice. There is a possibility he could begin a medical rehabilitation assignment as early as Monday but probably later in the week.
Matt Harrison pitches for Triple A Round Rock tomorrow.