09/01/2011 2:24 PM ET
Rangers Reinstate 3B Adrian Beltre and INF Andres Blanco From Disabled List, Add Four Others to Active Roster; RHP Pedro Strop Acquired by Baltimore on Waiver Claim to Complete Yesterday's Trade
C Matt Treanor, LHP Michael Gonzalez, INF Esteban German, and RHP Merkin Valdez added as rosters expand for September
Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced the following roster moves today:
- Reinstated third baseman Adrian Beltre from the 15-day disabled list.
- Reinstated infielder Andres Blanco from the 15-day disabled list.
- Added catcher Matt Treanor (#15), acquired in yesterday's trade with Kansas City, to the active roster.
- Added left-handed pitcher Michael Gonzalez (#51), acquired in yesterday's trade with Baltimore, to the active roster.
- Right-handed pitcher Pedro Strop acquired by Baltimore on waiver claim to complete yesterday's trade.
- Purchased the contract of infielder Esteban German from Triple-A Round Rock.
- Purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Merkin Valdez from Triple-A Round Rock.
- Infielder Omar Quintanilla outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock.
Beltre was placed on the disabled list July 23 with a left hamstring strain. He suffered the injury while running the bases on July 22 vs. Toronto. He has batted .276 with 20 home runs, 29 doubles, and 76 RBI in 100 games with Texas this season. At the time he was placed on the disabled list, he ranked among American League leaders in several offensive categories and led the circuit in games played. Despite missing over a month, Beltre still ranks third among Rangers in doubles and RBI. He played 2 games on an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock, going 2-for-8 on Monday and Tuesday at Omaha, a pair of starts at third base.
Blanco was placed on the disabled list August 9 with lower back inflammation. He was also on the disabled list July 7-30 with a stress reaction in his lower back. Blanco has batted .206 with 2 home runs and 2 RBI in 28 games for Texas this season, making 16 starts. He has played for Triple-A Round Rock each of the past three days at Omaha, going 3-for-12 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI in 3 starts at shortstop. His last game with Texas was August 8 vs. Seattle.
Treanor, 35, was acquired yesterday from Kansas City in exchange for cash considerations. A member of the Rangers' 2010 American League Champion squad, the Rangers had traded him to Kansas City on March 28 at the end of spring training. He has spent the entire season with the Royals, batting .226 (42-186) with 3 homers, 6 doubles, and 21 RBI in 65 games, including a team-high 62 starts behind the plate. Treanor missed all of August after being placed on the concussion disabled list on July 31, after which he was transferred to the regular 15-day disabled list. He played 7 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on injury rehabilitation assignment, going 1-for-3 in his last game on Sunday vs. Tulsa. His last big league game was July 30 at Cleveland.
Gonzalez, 33, was acquired yesterday from Baltimore in exchange for a player to be named later. He has gone 2-2 with a 4.27 ERA (22 ER/46.1 IP) in 49 relief appearances for Baltimore in 2011. The South Texas native and resident has held left-handed batters to a .211 (19-90) average this season, and a .212 (96-452) mark in his career. He has tossed 12.1 scoreless innings over his last 13 outings beginning July 22, with opponents batting .122 (5-41) in that span. Gonzalez has allowed runs in just one of his last 19 appearances.
Strop has been acquired by Baltimore to complete yesterday's trade for Michael Gonzalez. Strop was on the Rangers Opening Day roster for the first time in his career. He was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on May 4 and has gone 4-4 with 11 saves and a 3.59 ERA (19 ER/47.2 IP) in 39 relief appearances for the Express this season. He went 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA (4 ER/9.2 IP) in 11 games with Texas before being optioned. Strop was signed by Texas as a free agent on September 25, 2008 and has appeared in the big leagues with the Rangers each of the past three seasons, going a combined 0-1 with a 7.24 ERA in 33 appearances.
German, 33, has spent the entire season with Round Rock (AAA), batting .301 with 7 home runs, 29 doubles, and 56 RBI in 123 games. He has played primarily third base and second base, but has also seen action in left and center field. He batted .452 (19-42) over his final 11 games with 9 runs scored. German was 44-for-53 (83.0%) in stolen base attempts. Through yesterday's games, he ranked among Pacific Coast League leaders in steals (2nd, 44), runs (4th, 94), and walks (4th, 72), leading the Express in all three categories. He also led the club with 40 multi-hit games and 13 games of 3-or-more hits. This is the third straight year that German has been a late-season call-up for Texas. He was on the club's 2010 American League Division Series roster, but did not play in the postseason. He has a career .278 average over 398 games in the majors with Oakland (2002-04), Texas (2005, 2009-10), and Kansas City (2006-08).
Valdez, 29, was signed by Texas to a minor league contract on July 24. He has gone 1-0 with 4 saves and a 2.35 ERA (4 ER/15.1 IP) in 12 relief appearances for Triple-A Round Rock, holding opponents to a .230 (14-61) average with 5 walks and 14 strikeouts. He began the year with Dodgers Triple-A affiliate Albuquerque, going 4-2 with 4 saves and a 3.58 ERA?(20 ER/50.1 IP)?in 38 relief appearances before being released on July 18. Valdez has pitched in 69 games in the major leagues with San Francisco (2004, 2008-09) and Toronto (2010), going 3-1 with a 5.53 ERA (42 ER/68.1 IP). The bulk of his big league action came with the Giants in 2008-09, establishing career highs in nearly every category when he pitched 48 games and 49.1 innings in 2009. His last major league appearance was with Toronto on April 25, 2010 at Tampa Bay.
Quintanilla cleared waivers and has been outrighted off the 40-man roster. He appeared in 11 games for Texas after having his contract purchased on July 8. The El Paso native has spent the rest of the year at Round Rock (AAA).
With these moves, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster, including 30 players on the active roster.