The Texas Rangers have announced that righthanded reliever Phil Klein has been recalled from AAA Round Rock. To make room for Klein on the 25 man roster, the Rangers have optioned Anthony Bass to AAA.
Klein has had a couple of stints on the major league roster already, including a couple of starts in mid-May. Klein pitched well in the first start, against Boston, but then was rocked for 7 runs in 2 IP at Cleveland in his second outing. He was on the shelf for a month after being sent down, but has worked as a multi-inning guy over the past month in July, with his last outing being a 5 IP, 0 run, 0 walk, 2 hit start at Oklahoma City on July 17.
Klein will likely be taking over Bass's role as the long man, since Bass pitched twice over the weekend and likely wouldn't be available for a couple of days.
In addition, the Rangers have designated Ross Ohlendorf for assignment. Ohlendorf had been on an injury rehab assignment, and was supposed to be activated by tomorrow. Apparently, the Rangers decided that they did not want to add him to the active roster.
Ohlendorf being DFA'd means the 40 man roster is now at 39.