The Texas Rangers have called up 25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Martinez. Martinez pitched in 2 games (both starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He has now pitched in 53 games (45 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 12-19 with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. The Rangers have sent 23-year old lefty reliever Andrew Faulkner to AAA to make room on the roster for Martinez. Faulkner pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 0-0 with a 8.31 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP. He has now pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Faulkner will probably get another chance with the Rangers at some point in 2016.
The Texas Rangers have sent 26-year old righty reliever Phil Klein to AAA, through no fault of his own. He pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP. He whiffed 3 batters in 3 innings and no one got on base against him. He has now pitched in 30 games (2 starts) for the Rangers in his first three years in the show and he is 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. The Rangers have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Alex Claudio to replace Klein in the pen. He pitched in 1 game out of the pen in AAA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP. Claudio has pitched in 33 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Klein will be back with the Rangers at some point in 2016 and Claudio could help them right now due to his funky delivery.
30-year old righty swinging Ian Desmond has been a shortstop his whole career until 2016. The Texas Rangers signed him to play left field for them. Desmond rejected a qualifying offer from the Washington Nationals over the winter and he settled for a 1-year prove it deal from the Rangers for half the money. He played in 156 games for the Nationals last year and he was 136 of 583 (.233 avg, .674 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 19 homers, 62 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. It was his worst full season in his time in the show. It looked as if the pressure of a free agent walk year hurt him last year, and it’s looking worse so far this year. He has played in 9 games for the Nationals so far this year and he is 4 for 35 (.114 avg, .298 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 12 whiffs. Desmond better get his act together before Josh Hamilton and Shin-Soo Choo get back, or he might find his butt on the bench.
32-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels is off to a fast start in 2016 for the Texas Rangers. Hamels has started 2 games so far this year for the Rangers and he is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He has only given up 8 hits in his first 13 innings this year, but he has also walked 6 batters while whiffing 12 of them. He has now started 14 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 9-1 with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He is proving to be well worth the bounty the Rangers traded to the Phillies for him last July.
The Texas Rangers have released 31-year old lefty reliever Donnie Veal. Veal pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Atlanta Braves last year and he was 0-0 with a 14.54 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP. He has now pitched in 105 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 3-3 with 1 save, a 5.48 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. It’s too bad that Veal hasn’t really learned how to pitch, because he has a really live left arm.
The Texas Rangers have released 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jordan Danks. Danks played in 4 games for the Philadelphia Phillies last year and he was 0 for 4 (.000 avg, .000 OPS). He has now played in 184 games in his first four years in the show and he is 78 of 348 (.224 avg, .622 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 8 homers, 26 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. This is not much of a loss for the Rangers moving forward.
The Texas Rangers have called up 27-year old lefty swinging catcher Brett Nicholas to replace Robinson Chirinos. He will serve as the Rangers’ backup catcher. He played in 2 games this year in AAA and he was 1 for 8 (.125 avg, .375 OPS). He played in 109 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers last year and he was 108 of 403 (.268 avg, .725 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 12 homers, 63 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 616 games in his first seven years in the minors (all with the Rangers) and he is 617 of 2,246 (.275 avg, .758 OPS) with 269 runs scored, 60 homers, 355 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.
The Texas Rangers have placed lefty swinging outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained calf. He will miss the next 4-6 weeks. He has played in 5 games so far this year for the Rangers and he is 3 for 16 (.188 avg, .597 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. The Rangers have called up 20-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nomar Mazara to replace Choo on the active roster and in RF. He came into this season as the Rangers’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America. He went 3 for 4 with a solo homer off of Angels’ starting pitcher Jered Weaver in his Major League debut earlier today in a 3-1 loss. He played in 3 games in AAA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 6 for 12 (.500 avg, 1.288 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. He has played in 444 games in his five years in the minors for the Rangers and he is 442 of 1,639 (.270 avg, .792 OPS) with 238 runs scored, 56 homers, 263 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
The Texas Rangers have placed 31-year old righty swinging catcher Robinson Chirinos on the D.L. due to a fractured left forearm, after he was hit by a pitch last night. Chirinos was off to a good start for the Rangers in 2016. He has played in 5 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 4 for 15 (.267 avg, .913 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. 28-year old righty swinging Bryan Holaday will take over as the starting catcher for the Rangers. He has played in 2 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1 for 6 (.167 avg, .500 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. The Rangers will call up a catcher to back up Holaday. This is a bad break for both Chirinos and the Rangers, as he was off to a really good start with the bat.
The Texas Rangers have designated 33-year old righty swinging outfielder Justin Ruggiano for assignment. Ruggiano played in 1 game for the Rangers this year and he was 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .750 OPS) with a double and 1 RBI. Ruggiano has now played in 456 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 323 of 1,260 (.256 avg, .756 OPS) with 158 runs scored, 49 homers, 153 RBIs and 39 stolen bases. The Rangers needed Ruggiano’s 40-man roster spot for righty starting pitcher A.J. Griffin, who will start against the Angels tonight.
UPDATE: (4/10/2016) – The Rangers have outrighted Justin Ruggiano to AAA.