Texas Rangers transactions: righthanded relief pitcher Matt West has been recalled from AAA Round Rock, per John Blake on Twitter.
To make room for him on the 25 man roster, the Rangers have optioned righthanded pitcher Phil Irwin to Round Rock.
Irwin was brought up to make a spot start on Tuesday, when Nick Martinez had to go on the disabled list. This move appears to be a matter of getting a fresh arm into the bullpen for the stretch from now until Sunday, the day before the All Star Break. The Rangers are currently carrying just a three man bench, so presumably, when Geovany Soto and/or Jim Adduci are ready to return after the break, the Rangers will option one of their relievers.
West, a 25 year old who was the Rangers' 2nd round pick in 2007 out of Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas, was originally a third baseman. He converted to pitching prior to the 2011 season, and was outstanding in 27 innings in 2011 split between Spokane and Myrtle Beach. He missed most of the 2012 and 2013 seasons after being diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament, which required Tommy John surgery.
West started the 2014 season in Frisco, where he put up a 0.68 ERA in 13.1 innings with 10 Ks and 2 walks. He then was promoted to Round Rock, where he has a 4.50 ERA in 24 innings, striking out 28, walking 8, and allowing 3 homers.
West will be the 49th player to appear for the Rangers this year, once he makes an appearance, and the 28th pitcher (including Mitch Moreland). West is on his third option, although he appears to qualify for a fourth option for the 2015 season.
Blake says that Sunday's starter is "To Be Announced," although my guess is that it will be Scott Baker.