Friday, September 3, 2010
Roster report: Nippert, Teagarden return
By Richard Durrett
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers made a handful of roster moves today. Among them:
* RHP Dustin Nippert was reinstated off 15-day disabled list.
* C Taylor Teagarden was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, giving the Rangers a third catcher.
* LHP Clay Rapada's contract was purchased from Triple-A Oklahoma City, adding another lefty to the Rangers bullpen.
* RHP Omar Beltre recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed on 60-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain.
* OF Brandon Boggs cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The Rangers were expected to get Teagarden back up here as soon as his 10-day assignment in the minors was up. That gives manager Ron Washington some more roster flexibility and some insurance at an important position. Teagarden had played much better in his second stint in the majors after going to Double-A Frisco for part of the season to get his swing figured out.
Texas wanted another left-handed bullpen option for September, so Clay Rapada gets the call. Whenever the 29-year-old gets into a game, it will be his first in the majors. He spent all of 2010 with Oklahoma City, going 1-2 with two saves and a 1.82 ERA in 50 relief appearances. Opposing PCL batters hit just .158 against him and that stat got even better against left-handed hitters (.120). So he could be a good situational lefty when needed. Moving Beltre to the 60-day creates the roster space to get Rapada on the 40-man.
Nippert, of course, gives Texas another experienced long man.
The Rangers' 40-man roster remains full at this time.