The Nick Martinez bullpen experiment didn't even last as long as Luke Jackson's stay in the majors. LHP Andrew Faulkner has been called up with Martinez being optioned back to Round Rock.
#Rangers purchase contract of LHP Andrew Faulkner. RHP Nick Martinez optioned and will start for Round Rock. LHP Chris Rearick DFA'd.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) August 28, 2015
Faulkner, a starting pitcher prospect until mid-July, has put up otherworldly numbers out of the bullpen for Frisco and Round Rock this season. In fact, since July 10, Faulker has allowed exactly one run. In six games at Triple-A, spanning eight innings, Faulkner has allowed zero runs and just two hits while striking out 13 to just one walk.
As for Martinez, he was recalled with the idea of using him out of the 'pen after holding a spot in the rotation for the majority of the season. With the returns of Martin Perez and Derek Holland, Martinez became the odd man out in the rotation.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rangers designated LHP Chris Rearick for assignment. Rearick had been claimed off waivers from San Diego on Tuesday.