Texas Rangers Lose Alex Castellanos on Waiver Claim


Mar 4, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy Field (12) forces out Texas Rangers left fielder Alex Castellanos (21) at second base at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Los Angeles Angels won the spring training game 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers had to move someone to make room for left handed pitcher Joe Saunders, and the player they designated for assignment was Alex Castellanos, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.

"“The Rangers designated Castellanos for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man major-league roster for left-hander Joe Saunders.” Dallasnews.com"

Castellanos was batting .333 (3 for 9) so far in the spring with one run ,one walk, four strikeouts and a caught stealing. The Texas Rangers had picked him up from Boston last December and probably did not have long term plans for the right fielder. He was picked up by the San Diego Padres. Alex had spent his whole career in the National League before being picked up by the Texas Rangers during the off-season, and now he is back in the National League. He has now been a part of the Cardinals, Dodgers, Rangers and Padres organizations.

Meanwhile, Joe Saunders pitched in the B game today and threw two scoreless innings.

I fully expect Joe Saunders to be on the opening day roster as the fifth starter for the Texas Rangers.