ARLINGTON, Texas -- In need of infield depth in light of Jurickson Profar's expected absence of 10 to 12 weeks, the Texas Rangers claimed Donnie Murphy off waivers from the Chicago Cubs, the infielder confirmed via text message Wednesday.
It's likely the deal hasn't been announced because the Rangers need to figure out a corresponding roster move before adding Murphy.
Murphy, 31, hit .255 in 46 games (163 plate appearances) with the Cubs in 2013. His departure likely means that former Ranger Mike Olt, traded to Chicago last year as part of the deadline deal that brought Matt Garza to the Rangers, will start at third base for the Cubs.
Murphy gives the Rangers another infielder they can use while Profar is rehabbing from a torn muscle in his shoulder. He has some versatility, having played second base, shortstop and third base last year for the Cubs.