The Texas Rangers have officially placed Josh Hamilton, Yu Darvish, Chris Gimenez and Luke Jackson on the 15 day disabled list, according to John Blake on Twitter.
With those players now officially on the d.l., the Rangers' Opening Day roster should be set. We ran down the Opening Day roster yesterday, and you can check down who the final 25 are here.
None of these moves is unexpected. We've known Yu would start the 2016 season on the disabled list for a year, and Hamilton being on the d.l. to start the year was announced a month ago. Jackson is dealing with back issues, and so cannot be optioned, but once he's healthy he'll be activated and optioned to AAA.
Gimenez was vying for the backup catcher job, but he has an infected leg that is sidelining him, and the Rangers have added Bryan Holaday. Both Gimenez and Holaday are out of options, so the Rangers will have an interesting decision to make, once Gimenez is healthy (and assuming Robinson Chirinos doesn't get hurt in the meantime).
Since all four of these players are on the 15 day d.l. rather than the 60 day d.l., the Rangers are going to have to make a move to open up a 40 man roster spot for A.J. Griffin on Friday. Alex Claudio and Anthony Ranaudo appear to be the guys on the 40 man bubble at this point.