The Texas Rangers have claimed 25 year old righthanded pitcher Stolmy Pimentel on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to reports on Twitter.
Pimental, who was designated for assignment earlier this week by the Pirates, is out of options, which means the Rangers will have to put him on their 25 man roster immediately. In addition, with the 40 man roster currently full, the Rangers will have to make a roster move to open up a spot for him there.
Derek Holland is d.l.-bound, which will open up a 25 man roster spot, and if he is put on the 60 day d.l., it would also create an open spot on the 40 man roster for Pimentel. The Rangers could also potentially move Lisalverto Bonilla from the 15 day to the 60 day d.l. to open up a 40 man roster spot.
Pimentel was a J-2 signing by the Boston Red Sox in 2006, and was sent to Pittsburgh in December, 2012, as part of a 6 player deal that sent Joel Hanrahan to Boston.
Pimentel put up a 5.23 ERA in 32.2 IP over 20 games for the Pirates last year. John Sickels did a write-up on him in September, 2013.
Pimentel will presumably get a chance to stick in the Rangers' rotation in a multi-inning role. Should they decide they want to send him down, he will have to clear waivers.
UPDATE -- Per Jeff Wilson on Twitter, Bonilla has been moved to the 60 day d.l. to open up a spot on the 40 man roster.
UPDATE II -- Per Evan Grant on Twitter, Pimentel will not report until tomorrow, so there will be no 25 man roster move necessary to add him until then.
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