Notes: Wood opts for free agency
Otsuka, Rupe and Arias put back on 40-man roster
Rangers pitcher Mike Wood has elected to take his free agency.Wood exercised that right when he was one of four players who were outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma. Wood was 3-2 with a 5.33 ERA in 21 games, including four starts, for the Rangers this season. The Rangers also outrighted pitcher Willie Eyre, catcher Chris Stewart and outfielder Kevin Mahar to Oklahoma. Eyre, who underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery at the end of the season, is not expected to pitch in 2008. Instead, he took his free agency, re-signed with the Rangers on a Minor League contract and will continue to do his rehabilitation with the team. He was one of four players who were reinstated off the 60-day disabled list and put back on the 40-man roster. The others were pitchers Akinori Otsuka and Josh Rupe and shortstop Joaquin Arias. Otsuka, who missed the last three months with an elbow injury, is expected to return to the Rangers Spring Training facility in Surprise, Ariz., to resume throwing. Arias is also still sidelined with the shoulder injury that forced him to miss almost the entire season. Briefly: The Houston Astros have asked for and received permission to interview Rangers scout Kip Fagg for their scouting director opening. ...Third baseman Chris Davis has been sidelined in the Arizona Fall League after fouling a pitch off his foot.
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