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Alex Claudio up, Chi Chi Gonzalez optioned

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The Texas Rangers have recalled lefthanded pitcher Alex Claudio, and have optioned righthanded pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez

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The Texas Rangers have recalled lefthanded pitcher Alex Claudio from AAA Round Rock, according to John Blake on Twitter.  To make room for Claudio on the 25 man roster, the Rangers have optioned Chi Chi Gonzalez to Round Rock.

Gonzalez's presence on the 25 man roster is superfluous right now, as he started yesterday, and even if the Rangers choose to keep him in the rotation after the All Star Break, he can still stay down in AAA the requisite 10 days before Texas would need him to start again after the Break.  Gonzalez threw over 120 pitches in just 4.2 IP last night, in no small part because of a lack of fresh arms in the pen, meaning that he was needed to log innings because no one else was available.  Claudio being up now should help solve that problem.