Cleveland, Ohio – The Texas Rangers announced the following roster moves tonight, one effective today and six other roster moves that will take place tomorrow.
- RHP Tyler Tufts had his contract purchased from Frisco (AA) and placed on the major league 15-day disabled list for surgery to repair a perforated bowel.
- LHP Robbie Ross placed on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with a left forearm strain.
- OF Leonys Martin (#27) will be recalled from Round Rock (AAA).
- LHP Martin Perez (#33) will be recalled from Round Rock (AAA).
- INF Jurickson Profar (#2) will have his contract purchased from Frisco (AA).
- RHP Tanner Scheppers (#52) will be recalled from Round Rock (AAA).
- INF/OF Brandon Snyder (#21) will be recalled from Round Rock (AAA).
- RHP Yoshinori Tateyama (#22) will be recalled from Round Rock (AAA).
- LHP Miguel De Los Santos will be designated for assignment.
Tufts, 25, went a combined 2-1 with a 5.64 ERA (19 ER/30.1 IP) in 19 relief outings with Round Rock and Frisco before he was placed on the RoughRiders disabled list on June 30. Selected in the 32nd round of the 2008 June draft, Tufts is on the 40-man roster for the first time.
Ross has gone 6-0 with a 1.78 ERA in 52 relief outings for Texas this season, his first major league action. He has been on the 25-man roster the entire season. Entering today’s games, Ross had the 4th-lowest ERA among A.L. relievers and ranked 6th in innings. He leads all A.L. relievers in inducing grounded into double plays (11). The first date he would be eligible to return is
Martin, 24, will be in his third stint in the majors in 2012, the others June 15-July 29 and Aug. 17-19. He has batted .184 with 4 doubles, 2 triples, and 5 RBI in 17 games with Texas this season, making 10 starts in center and one in left field. His last big league game was Aug. 19 at Toronto, when he had a pinch-hit walk and stayed in the game defensively. Martin has spent the rest of the year with Round Rock, batting .359 (83-231) with 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 55 games. He has hit safely in 28 of his last 30 with the Express.
Perez, 21, will be in his third stint with Texas this season, the others June 26-July 17 and July 23-31. He has gone 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA (9 ER/20.0 IP) in 6 games/3 starts for the Rangers this season in his first major league action. His last big league outing was in relief on July 31 vs. Los Angeles-AL. He has spent the rest of the year at Triple-A Round Rock, going 7-6 with a 4.25 ERA (60 ER/127.0 IP) in 22 games/21 starts. His last outing was a start yesterday against New Orleans (6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R-ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 99 pitches/61 strikes).
Profar, 19, will be looking to make his major league debut. He has spent the entire season with Frisco (AA), batting .281 (135-480) with 14 home runs, 26 doubles, 7 triples, 62 RBI, and 76 runs scored in 126 games. He has made starts at shortstop (96), second base (25), designated hitter (5), and third base (1). His 47 extra-base hits are the most by any Double-A infielder and he has hit .294 (134-456) since opening the season 2-for-26. His 50-game on-base streak from April 7-June 2 is the longest by any minor league player in 2012. Entering today’s games, Profar ranked among Texas League leaders in triples (T4th), total bases (6th), walks (6th), runs (7th), hits (7th), slugging (10th), doubles (T11th), and RBI (11th).
Profar has been the youngest player to play in the Texas League this season by nearly seven months and also the youngest in Double-A overall. With his major league debut, he could become the first player born in 1993 to appear in the major leagues. He will be 19 years, 194 days old tomorrow. The only younger players in Rangers history were both pitchers: David Clyde (18.066) and Wilson Alvarez (19.122).
Scheppers, 25, will be in his second stint with Texas, also with the club from June 7-Aug. 25. He has gone 1-0 with one save and a 4.56 ERA (13 ER/25.2 IP) over 29 relief appearances with Texas in his first major league action. He has spent the balance of the season at Round Rock, going 1-2 with 11 saves and a 3.48 ERA (12 ER/31.0 IP) in 27 relief outings. He last pitched yesterday against New Orleans (1.0 IP, 1 SO, 14 pitches/9 strikes).
Snyder, 25, was on the Rangers 25-man roster from Opening Day-Aug. 1, batting .281 (18-64) with 3 home runs, 2 doubles, and 9 RBI in 38 games. He saw action at 5 different positions, as well as designated hitter, for Texas in 2012. Since being sent to Round Rock, has batted .253 (22-87) with 2 home runs and 9 RBI in 23 contests.
Tateyama, 36, will be in his third stint with the Rangers, the others May 21-June 15 and June 29-July 13. He is 1-0 with an 11.37 ERA (16 ER/12.2 IP) in 11 relief appearances for Texas this season. He has spent the balance of the campaign with Round Rock, going 4-0 with 6 saves and a 1.13 ERA (5 ER/39.2 IP), posting 45 strikeouts against just 7 walks. His last Triple-A appearance was yesterday against New Orleans, earning the win with 1.0 scoreless inning and 2 strikeouts (14 pitches/11 strikes).
De Los Santos is 3-2 with a 5.22 ERA (34 ER/58.2 IP) in 26 games/4 starts for Frisco this season. The Rangers have to 10 days to trade, release, or outright De Los Santos to the minor leagues.
After the moves become effective tomorrow, the Rangers will have a full 40-man roster.