4/1/2014 7:30 P.M. ET
Rangers bolster 'pen with righty McCutchen
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel McCutchen from Triple-A Round Rock and designated catcher Chris Gimenez for assignment. The Rangers wanted to add a long reliever after needing five innings out of their bullpen in a 14-10 loss to the Phillies on Opening Day.
McCutchen, who was added to big league camp in the final week of Spring Training, pitched in 108 games for the Pirates from 2009-12, with a record of 8-11 and a 4.77 ERA. He has averaged 10 hits, 3.5 walks and five strikeouts per nine innings in his Major League career. He pitched in five "A" games for the Rangers in Spring Training, allowing six runs on 10 hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts.
"We needed a long guy, and he does have big league time," manager Ron Washington said. "He attacks the zone and isn't afraid. In a pinch, he can go out and get the innings we need."
The Rangers have 10 days to trade Gimenez, release him or get him through outright waivers. The Rangers already have Chris Snyder and Brett Nicholas as their catchers at Round Rock.
Nicholas was a sixth-round pick by the Rangers in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He has played 78 games at catcher and 253 at first base in his Minor League career. He is a left-handed hitter who had 21 home runs and 91 RBIs at Double-A Frisco last season, so the Rangers want him to concentrate on catching this season.
Nicholas likely will catch approximately 50 percent of the time at Round Rock. The Rangers want the rest of the time spent keeping a catcher with Major League experience -- either Snyder or Gimenez -- ready if there is a need in Arlington.
Yu throws 86 pitches in 'pen session, next step TBD
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, who is on the disabled list with stiffness in his neck, threw 86 pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday without any problems.
The Rangers will wait and see how Darvish recovers before they decide what's next. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday, but that won't happen, because it would mean pitching on three days' rest.
"We did the assimilation of probably four innings of work, getting up and down," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "All pitches were good. He looked very good, feels healthy. But we'll know more [Wednesday], and see how he recovers from that. So the next step would be to wait until [Wednesday]. He's on the right track."
The earliest Darvish would pitch is Sunday against the Rays. But the Rangers haven't decided if they want him to throw another bullpen session or possibly a simulated game. Darvish hasn't pitched in a game since March 16.
Reliever Rosin has unique opener experience
ARLINGTON -- Pitcher Seth Rosin might have made Major League history on Monday. He was on a team's Opening Day roster for the second time this season. Rosin was with the Dodgers on their Opening Day in Australia on March 22 before being claimed off waivers by the Rangers last Wednesday.
"My buddies were asking me if that's ever happened before," Rosin said.
Though there is no official word, it's highly doubtful. But the second Opening Day was better for Rosin. He didn't pitch in Australia, but pitched a scoreless inning for the Rangers on Monday in his Major League debut.
"It has been a complete zoo, being in different hotels, uniforms, different stuff," Rosin said. "I'm glad to get this opportunity and run with it."
Rosin's debut came against the Phillies. He was with the Phillies last season before being drafted by the Mets in the Rule 5 Draft last winter and then traded to the Dodgers before being claimed by the Rangers. He has to stay on Texas' big league roster or be offered back to the Phillies for $25,000. The Rangers are going to try to carry him as long as they can, but it's hard with a Rule 5 player if a team is trying to contend with the best team possible. Rosin will have to handle at least a long role out of the bullpen.
"I know if I go through a rough patch, it won't be too hard to cut me loose and send me back," Rosin said. "I have to compete every day, be physically and mentally ready every day to have good results. I just have to think a day at a time and not worry about the next day or a week ahead about what might happen."
Murphy, Chirinos get call after sitting out opener
ARLINGTON -- Josh Wilson was 2-for-3 on Opening Day as the Rangers' starting second baseman, but Donnie Murphy was in the lineup on Tuesday night. Both are right-handed hitters who are filling in while Jurickson Profar is on the disabled list with a torn muscle in his right shoulder, and manager Ron Washington said he has no set plan on how he will divide playing time at the position.
"Both will play," Washington said. "Neither one will be the second baseman. I'm going to divide the playing time as best I can … and keep everyone engaged. Neither one will take over unless somebody goes 5-for-5 every night."
Robinson Chirinos also got his first start at catcher after J.P. Arencibia started on Opening Day. Arencibia will likely get more playing time while Geovany Soto is on the disabled list, but Chirinos is likely going to play more than the average backup catcher.
"He deserves it," Washington said.
• Including players on the disabled list, the Rangers had 15 foreign-born players on their Major League roster. That's the most of any Major League team.
• Pitcher Michael Kirkman has cleared outright waivers and been assigned to Round Rock. He will be used as a starter for the Express.
• Derek Holland is scheduled to throw off a mound on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery on Jan. 10, 2014.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.