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08/01/08 7:56 PM ET
Rangers recall third baseman Metcalf
Club sends down Roberts; Hurley, Gabbard land on DL
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers recalled third baseman Travis Metcalf from Triple-A Oklahoma on Friday and sent down Ryan Roberts. The move was made before the Rangers game with the Blue Jays. The club also placed Eric Hurley (bicep tendinitis) on the disabled list to make room for Tommy Hunter, Friday's starter. Kason Gabbard was also placed on the 60-day disabled list. Metcalf's promotion comes right as he was starting to heat up at Oklahoma after what has been a trying season for him. He started the season with a torn hamstring muscle in Spring Training that required surgery, then got off to a slow start at Oklahoma. He has also had two short stints with the Rangers, but went 0-for-9 in three games. He was hitting .231 for the RedHawks at the All-Star break but has batted .311 since then. "It's been a lot better since the All-Star break," Metcalf said. "I'm laying off bad pitches and showing better pitch selection." Metcalf, a right-handed hitter, will likely platoon with Ramon Vazquez at third base. Vazquez, hitting from the left side, went into Friday's game hitting .319 for the season but just .200 against left-handed pitchers. "We'll see how it goes with Vazquez doing what he's doing," manager Ron Washington said. "Travis will be in there against left-handers and some right-handers. There's no plan, I'll just get him in there when I can." The Rangers called up infielder Roberts on Tuesday, when Hank Blalock went on the disabled list, because of his versatility and because they weren't sure how long Michael Young would be out of the lineup with a small fracture in the ring finger on his right hand. But now that Young is ready to go, the Rangers want Metcalf to platoon with Vazquez at third.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.