Rangers call up 1B Carlos Pena

Updated: June 24, 2014, 6:32 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers purchased the contract of first baseman Carlos Pena from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.

"He's swinging the bat well and playing first base the way he plays first base and that's pretty good," Rangers manager Ron  Washington said. "Think we just brought in a first baseman that can play first base and he has a presence. He may be a little older but he has presence. If you throw something in the wrong spot, he's going to hurt you. He knows how to play around that bag (and) his presence is important."

Pena will bat sixth and play first base against the Detroit Tigers.

"I was training and just staying ready," Pena said. "I had faith that something was going to happen. At the same time I didn't want to force it and I wanted to make sure it was right."

Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for ESPN.com. He joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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