Player News - Rangers

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Shin-Soo Choo clubbed his 16th home run of the season as the Rangers topped the Orioles 4-1 on Thursday.

Choo got the Rangers on the board with his solo shot off O's starter Kevin Gausman in the fourth inning. He would later plate another run on a fielder's choice in the fifth inning. With the 1-for-4 effort, Choo is now hitting .248/.343/.428 with 16 long balls and 58 RBI.
Aug 28 - 11:21 PM

Cole Hamels was magnificent in Friday's victory over the Orioles, racking up 10 strikeouts over eight innings of one-run ball.

Hamels allowed just two hits on the evening while walking four. The lone run against him came home on a bases loaded walk to Chris Davis in the third inning. It's his second straight victory with his new club, where he owns a 3.89 ERA and 33/13 K/BB ratio through 34 2/3 innings in his five starts. He'll look to extend his winning streak when he takes on the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday.
Aug 28 - 11:18 PM

Josh Hamilton (knee) took batting practice on Friday.

Hamilton has been on the shelf for the last couple weeks with a nagging left knee ailment but finally appears to be making some progress. He could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Monday, although the Rangers could easily wait until Tuesday when rosters expand.
Aug 28 - 5:50 PM

Rougned Odor (finger) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Friday.

Odor hasn't played since cracking his right middle fingernail when he was hit by a grounder Tuesday. He did work out again prior to the game and should be back in there soon. Hanser Alberto is holding down second base again in Odor's place.
Aug 28 - 4:23 PM

Rangers designated LHP Chris Rearick for assignment.

Rearick was just claimed off waivers from the Padres a couple days ago. Consider he got all the way to the Rangers the first time, he could clear waivers this time around.
Aug 28 - 4:19 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of LHP Andrew Faulkner from Triple-A Round Rock.

Faulkner, who will turn 23 in a couple weeks, holds a 3.86 ERA and 103/48 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 frames between Double- and Triple-A this season. He's started and relieved in the minors but will be used out of the bullpen with the Rangers.
Aug 28 - 4:13 PM

Rangers optioned RHP Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock.

Martinez was only up for a day and didn't make an appearance. He'll rejoin Round Rock's rotation.
Aug 28 - 4:11 PM

Elvis Andrus went 2-for-4 with a double in Thursday afternoon's win over the Blue Jays.

The double was Andrus' 24th of the season. While he's hitting just .259/.305/.353 with six homers, 47 RBI and 53 runs scored, the numbers are much nicer since the All-Star Break. Entering Thursday's contest, he was slashing .291/.311/.411 in the 37 games that the Rangers had played following the Midsummer Classic.
Aug 27 - 5:57 PM

Delino DeShields went 2-for-2 with two runs scored in Thursday afternoon's win over the Blue Jays.

DeShields picked up the pair of singles. In his other three plate appearances, he drew walks. The rookie is hitting .259/.353/.374 with two homers, 59 runs scored and 22 steals this season. He's not hitting for much power, but the steal number is nice through the first 90 games of the 23-year-old's career.
Aug 27 - 5:52 PM

Yovani Gallardo effectively limited the Blue Jays in Thursday's win, hurling 5 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

Gallardo allowed a mere three hits while striking out two and walking three. He had thrown 101 pitches (58 strikes) at the time he was relieved of duty with an out in the sixth. The shutout effort lowered his ERA to 3.14. His 1.34 WHIP is slightly less shiny, but it's still been a respectable season for the 29-year-old right-hander. A road date with the Padres awaits Gallardo next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 27 - 5:51 PM

Jurickson Profar (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Low-A Hickory.

Profar had surgery in February to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will strictly be used as a designated hitter. It's unclear when he'll be ready for game action. The Rangers could have him play some fall or winter ball to catch up on lost time.
Aug 27 - 5:30 PM

Kyle Blanks (Achilles) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Round Rock.

Blanks has been sidelined since mid-June with a right Achilles injury. If all goes according to plan, he should be back in September as a bench player.
Aug 27 - 4:19 PM

Rangers recalled RHP Nick Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock.

Martinez has a rough 4.09 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 73/44 K/BB ratio in 121 innings this year for Texas. He will pitch in relief in his return to the Rangers' active roster.
Aug 27 - 11:46 AM

Rangers optioned RHP Spencer Patton to Triple-A Round Rock.

Patton was lit up for five earned runs without recording an out on Wednesday against the Blue Jays. He has a 9.00 ERA in 24 innings this season with the Rangers.
Aug 27 - 11:43 AM

Shin-Soo Choo finished 3-for-5 with two RBI Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Choo isn't just batting .301 this month, but he's walked 17 times and gotten hit by four pitches, giving him a .457 OBP. Unfortunately, he doesn't really run much any longer and he's not racking up RBI, so he's not nearly the fantasy outfielder he used to be.
Aug 27 - 12:04 AM

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