BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 09: Mason Tobin #55 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 9, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
The Rangers have announced that righthanded pitcher Mason Tobin has been activated from the 60 day disabled list, cleared waivers, and assigned outright to AAA Round Rock.
Tobin was a Rule 5 pick from the Anaheim Angels who missed much of the past several seasons with injury issues. Tobin impressed the Rangers enough this spring that they opted to keep him on the 25 man roster.
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Tobin appeared in just five games before going to the disabled list and ultimately undergoing Tommy John surgery. Because Tobin did not spend at least 90 days on the active roster this season, the Rangers would have had to have kept him on the active roster for part of 2012 before he could be optioned to AAA.
The somewhat surprising part of this is that Tobin is staying in the Rangers' organization. Upon clearing waivers, the Rangers were required to offer Tobin back to Anaheim for $25,000, and the Angels apparently declined.
Tobin will likely spend most of 2012 trying to work his way back to health. While his arm intrigued the Rangers, given his injury history, it seems unlikely he'll be a factor in the future.