- Reinstated outfielder Josh Hamilton (#32) from the 15-day disabled list.
- Reinstated outfielder Nelson Cruz (#17) from the 15-day disabled list.
- Recalled right-handed pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama (#22) from Triple-A Round Rock.
- Optioned infielder Chris Davis to Triple-A Round Rock.
- Optioned right-handed pitcher Cody Eppley to Triple-A Round Rock.
- Optioned catcher Taylor Teagarden to Triple-A Round Rock.
According to the Rangers press release- “Tateyama would become just the fourth native of Japan to ever appear in the majors with Texas, the others being right-handed pitchers Hideki Irabu (2002), Akinori Otsuka (2006-07), and Kazuo Fukumori (2008).”
Chris Davis batted .250 (12-48) with 3 home runs and 4 RBI in 20 games with Texas after being recalled on April 13. Obviously not the same firepower that Hamilton brings, but I enjoyed seeing him back with the big team. Hopefully they showed enough to other clubs to make him worthy of a possible trade.
Another snippet from the official press release on Cody Eppley. “Eppley had his contract purchased on April 23 and made 10 appearances for Texas in his first major league stint. He allowed 8 runs in 9.0 innings over those 10 outings, posting a 1-1 record. He began the year with Round Rock.”
Eppley showed some good stuff but just wasn’t ready for the bigs. With the Round Rock Express he will get more at bats and get better with time.
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
DH Josh Hamilton
1B Michael Young
3B Adrian Beltre
LF Nelson Cruz
CF David Murphy
C Mike Napoli
RF Mitch Moreland
P Alexi Ogando
That’s more like it, glad to have Cruz and Hamilton both back in the lineup.