Jun 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) and second baseman Luis Sardinas (3) watch a replay of the Belmont Stakes horse race on the stadium jumbotron after the game against the Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Indians defeated the Rangers 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers Add Five Players to Active Roster

The Texas Rangers announced that the club will add five players to their active roster.

Texas will add RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, LHP Michael Kirkman, RHP Nick Tepesch, and infielder Luis Sardinas on Tuesday. And RHP Spencer Patton will join the Texas Rangers on Thursday, where they will play in Arlington against the Seattle Mariners.

Most of these names are familiar to Texas Rangers fans.

Sardinas and Tepesch spent some time with the big league team throughout this season. Lisalverto Bonilla was named last week to represent the Texas Rangers in the Arizona Fall League. Michael Kirkman started with Rangers last season before being placed on the DL with a recurrence of his previously treated skin cancer. Maybe the only name that isn’t very familiar is Spencer Patton, who started the season with Kansas City’s Minor League team Omaha Storm Chasers but finished the season at Round Rock Express.

Luis Sardinas finished his season with Round Rock (AAA) with 37 runs, 73 hits including 14 doubles, two triples, and a home run. Sardinas had 8 stolen bases and 28 RBI and a slash line of .283/.303/.364.

Nick Tepesch finished the season at Round Rock with a record of 6-1, and an 1.58 ERA in 7 game starts that include one complete game shutout. His final pitch line is 45.2 IP, 36 H, 8 R/8 ER, 1 HR, 9 BB, 41 SO.

Lisalverto Bonilla managed to lower his ERA from 4.14 to 4.10 and tack on another win (4-2) since the Texas Rangers announced his participation for the Arizona Fall League. Bonilla’s final pitch line is 74.2 IP, 73 H, 36 R/34 ER, 9 HR, 25 BB, 92 SO in 39 games played with one save.

Lefty Michael Kirkman finished his AAA season with a line of 54.1 IP, 50 H, 34 R/27 ER, 6 HR, 29 BB, 62 SO. Kirman holds a record of 5-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 36 games with 4 game starts and one save.

Spencer Patton finished his season with Round Rock with four saves in 15 games played. Patton’s pitch line is 16.0 IP, 16 H, 6 R/6 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 25 SO.

The Texas Rangers will finish the season setting an MLB record for most players used in a season. But, like I said yesterday, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

On top of Derek Holland starting on Tuesday, Texas Rangers fans will be treated to seeing how familiar players improved along with what may end up being a “tryout” for next season’s bullpen when Spencer Patton joins the team on Thursday.

With this week’s additions I am actually looking forward to September and seeing how well the players will perform. With only 26 games of Texas Rangers baseball left I’m ready to see the Rangers have some fun!

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