Player News - Rangers

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Yohander Mendez was been promoted from High-A Down East to Double-A Frisco.

Mendez got optioned all the way down to High-A ball last month after violating team rules at the major league level. The 23-year-old left-hander posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 27/6 K/BB ratio in 31 innings (five starts) with the Down East Wood Ducks. He holds a 14.73 ERA in 3 2/3 innings this season in the bigs.
Jul 16 - 3:38 PM

Rangers activated LHP Joe Palumbo from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to High-A Down East.

Palumbo will continue his recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery with the Rangers' affiliate in the Carolina League. He should make his way up to Double-A Frisco by the end of the year but probably won't be considered for a September callup to the bigs.
Jul 16 - 3:35 PM

Rangers activated C Carlos Perez from the 10-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

Perez is recovered from the left ankle sprain he suffered in mid-June, but he won't have a spot on the Rangers' active major league roster out of the All-Star break. Isiah Kiner-Falefa is backing up Robinson Chirinos at catcher.
Jul 16 - 3:32 PM

According to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, the Mariners' interest in Cole Hamels earlier this month was "greatly overplayed"

It sounds as though their reported interest in the Rangers' southpaw was merely the due diligence of general manager Jerry Dipoto, who according to Divish "checks in on every player and will never toss away any proposal immediately." Hamels wrapped up his first half of the season on Friday, registering a 5-8 record, 4.36 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 109 1/3 innings.
Jul 15 - 10:12 PM

Ronald Guzman went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in a loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

Guzman's grand slam came in the first inning off of Miguel Castro, giving the Rangers an early 4-0 lead. It's the ninth homer of the season for the rookie first baseman, and his OPS now sits at .759. Don't be surprised if that number goes up as he gets more comfortable with big-league pitching in the second half.
Jul 15 - 5:04 PM

Mike Minor allowed six runs -- five earned -- over 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

Minor allowed four hits, and he walked two while striking out one. The weather outside was less-than-pleasant, but Minor struggled to locate anything, and he breaks up a solid run of starts with a disappointing outing. His ERA jumps back up to 4.89, and his WHIP sits at 1.23 with a 79/24 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Minor’s next start will come against Oakland after the All-Star break on July 24.
Jul 15 - 4:51 PM

Shin-Soo Choo went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

Choo might as well have been an offensive star for the Rangers, as his crew fell by a final score of 1-0 and did not have an extra-base hit on the afternoon. The veteran outfielder is in the midst of a renaissance campaign, slashing .290/.400/.496 with 17 home runs, 42 RBI and a trio of steals in 89 games. He's collected hits in eight of his last 10 games, with four multi-hit showings in that space.
Jul 14 - 10:25 PM

Elvis Andrus went 0-for-4 with a stolen base and a strikeout in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

Just a lackluster offensive showing for the Rangers as a team. They finished with four hits, all singles. Andrus at least chipped in with the stolen base, his second of what's been a trying season. A fractured elbow kept the shortstop out of action for two months. In a relatively limited sample of 35 games this year, Andrus is slashing .247/.311/.356 with two home runs and nine driven in. He's a better hitter than that, but the bat just hasn't been there in a consistent way when he's been healthy enough to play.
Jul 14 - 10:20 PM

Making his first start since April 29, Martin Perez allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

Perez missed two-and-a-half months rehabbing from a right elbow injury, but if there was rust from the long layoff, it didn't show in his return to the mound on Saturday. The only run he allowed in the game -- the only run to score in the game -- came when Jonathan Schoop nicked him for a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. He struck out four and walked two in the contest while finishing up having thrown 91 pitches (51 strikes). As nice as this start was, Perez held an ugly 9.67 ERA in five starts prior to landing on the disabled list and does not hold any fantasy upside. He owns a career ERA of 4.60 in just over 700 innings pitched.
Jul 14 - 10:10 PM

Rangers placed RHP Alex Claudio on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 11, with a left ankle sprain.

The 26-year-old has been a staple in the late innings for the Rangers over the last four seasons, but has struggled in 2018, posting a 4.32 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio in his 41 2/3 innings. He shouldn't require much longer than a minimum stint on the DL.
Jul 14 - 3:36 PM

Rangers released OF Austin Jackson.

It had been their intention all along after acquiring Jackson last week from the Giants in a salary dump. The veteran outfielder will look to latch on elsewhere, on what will probably have to be a minor league deal at this point.
Jul 14 - 3:33 PM

Rangers activated LHP Martin Perez from the 60-day disabled list.

Perez will return to the Rangers' starting rotation on Saturday against the Orioles. Prior to landing on the disabled list with an elbow issue in late April, Perez had posted a troublesome 9.67 ERA through his first five starts. He isn't a recommended streaming option in fantasy leagues.
Jul 14 - 3:12 PM

Rougned Odor is not in the Rangers' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles.

Jurickson Profar is starting in his place at second base and batting fifth for the Rangers against the Orioles. Odor has picked it up offensively in recent weeks, slashing .284/.366/.531 with five homers and 10 RBI over his last 22 contests.
Jul 14 - 2:34 PM

Delino DeShields (head) returned to action on Friday, striking out in his lone at-bat against the Orioles.

DeShields was held out of the starting lineup after he hit the back of his head on the ground while diving for a ball during Wednesday's game. It's a very encouraging sign that he both had an at-bat and was able to play the field on Friday though. Look for him to return to the starting lineup on Saturday.
Jul 14 - 10:19 AM

Ryan Rua blasted a pinch-hit, go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning on Friday, propelling the Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Orioles.

Rua took what had been a 1-1 pitcher's duel, and broke it open by blasting a Tanner Scott offering over the wall in left field. It was a rare highlight for Rua who has been scuffling at the plate in his limited action this season, hitting just .189/.222/.360 with five homers and 10 RBI.
Jul 13 - 10:29 PM


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