Saturday, March 12, 2011
Brett Tomko moves to major league camp
By Richard Durrett
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers made some roster moves Saturday morning, including moving RHP Brett Tomko to major league camp.
Tomko was in minor league camp and assistant GM Thad Levine said he was "very proactive and come in and do literally whatever it took to be seen by our major league staff." Tomko has done all the work in minor league camp, including talking with the minor league pitchers in a group setting on Friday.
"Mike Maddux has had him pitch on the major league side a few times and really liked what he saw," Levine said. "We wanted to reward him for the work and the determination and also because he sees in him a guy that could help our 2011 big league team. He's going to come over and get a more formal look and we'll see how it goes."
Tomko, 37, signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Feb. 19. He had a nerve problem in 2009 and that impacted his 2010 season. The Rangers want to see if he can return to form. If so, he provides some important depth at Triple-A Round Rock.
"We'd like to see as much of him as we possibly can," manager Ron Washington said.
* Zach Phillips was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.
* Engel Beltre and Fabio Castillo were optioned to Double-A Frisco.
* Wilmer Font was placed on the disabled list at Class A Myrtle Beach.