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Rangers activate Chirinos, DFA reliever Phil Klein

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The Rangers activated Robinson Chirinos from the DL, sent Luke Jackson to Round Rock, and designated Phil Klein for assignment

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers transactions: The Texas Rangers have activated Robinson Chirinos from the 60-day DL. With Adrian Beltre's leg issue in limbo, the Rangers brought Chirinos back from his rehab assignment to help a short bench while they figure out who among their three catchers will remain with the team long term.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Rangers put Luke Jackson back on the I-35 express headed south as he returns to Triple A Round Rock. Jackson spent the last few weeks in Texas with the Rangers allowing six runs in 7 2/3 innings pitched over five appearances.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rangers designated Phil Klein for assignment. The big right-hander pitched well for Texas out of the bullpen early in the season as he went five appearances without allowing a run to begin his 2016 campaign. However, over his last three appearances Klein allowed five runs 2 1/3 innings to earn a demotion to Round Rock at the beginning of May.

In Triple A, Klein had a 4.63 ERA over his 11 2/3 innings pitched, all in reliever, spanning seven appearances.

Chirinos had been out since suffering a broken forearm just a week into the season. Expected to be the Rangers' everyday catcher, Chirinos will likely return to that role going forward even though Bobby Wilson and Bryan Holaday have been surprising offensive threats over the first two months of the season.