07/10/2010 5:18 PM ET
Rangers add tonight's starter, LHP Cliff Lee, to active roster; Recall LHP Matt Harrison from Triple-A Oklahoma City
RHP's Doug Mathis and Pedro Strop optioned to Oklahoma City
The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon the following roster moves:
- LHP Cliff Lee (#33) reported and was added to 25-man roster following yesterday's trade
- Recalled LHP Matt Harrison (#54) from Oklahoma City (AAA)
- Optioned RHP Doug Mathis to Oklahoma City (AAA)
- Optioned RHP Pedro Strop to Oklahoma City (AAA)
Lee, 31, is scheduled to make his Texas debut in tonight's game against Baltimore at Rangers Ballpark. He was acquired yesterday along with right-handed pitcher Mark Lowe (#49) and cash considerations from Seattle in exchange for first baseman Justin Smoak, and minor league players Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke, and Matt Lawson.
Lee was scheduled to start for Seattle last night against the Yankees. He last pitched on Sunday at Detroit, winning and tossing at least 8.0 innings for a 4th consecutive start. Lee was selected to the A.L. All-Star roster on Sunday via player voting, his 2nd career nod, as he also started the 2008 Midsummer Classic at Yankee Stadium (2.0 IP, 0 R).
He has gone 8-3 with a 2.34 ERA (27 ER/103.2 IP) in 13 games/starts for Seattle this season. His 2.34 ERA is the lowest figure in the American League. He also leads the A.L. with 5 complete games this season, 2nd-most in the majors. Lee recently posted complete games in 3 consecutive starts June 18-23-29. He has recorded 89 strikeouts this season against just 6 walks, an average of 14.83 strikeouts per walk. That figure would be a major league record for qualifying pitchers in the modern era (beginning 1900). The 2008 American League Cy Young Award would become just the 4th pitcher to appear for Texas after having won the award, joining Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, and Sparky Lyle.
Harrison, 24, will be available in the bullpen for tonight's game. It will be in his second stint with Texas this season, as he was optioned prior to the game on June 30. He made one start for Oklahoma City, taking the loss on Monday vs. Nashville (4.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R-3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 79 pitches/53 strikes).
Harrison has gone 1-1 with one save and a 4.47 ERA (25 ER/50.1 IP) in 13 games/6 starts for the Rangers this season. He began the year in the rotation, going 1-1 with a 5.29 ERA (20 ER/34.0 IP) in 6 starts before he was moved to the bullpen following a disabled list stint in May. His last outing for Texas was a relief appearance on June 27 vs. Houston, tossing 2.0 shutout innings.
Mathis was recalled on Tuesday and made one relief appearance for Texas, tossing a scoreless 9th to finish win on Tuesday vs. Cleveland. It was his second stint in the big leagues this season, as he is 1-1 with a 6.98 ERA in 10 relief outings for the Rangers in 2010.
Strop was recalled on July 1 for his third stint with the Rangers this season, allowing one run over 3 games and 2.2 innings. Overall, he has no record and a 2.45 ERA (1 ER/3.2 IP) in 4 relief outings for Texas. He has spent the rest of the year at Triple-A.
With these moves, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.