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Texas Rangers recall LHP Andrew Faulkner

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The Rangers have announced they have recalled lefthanded reliever Andrew Faulkner

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The Texas Rangers have recalled lefthanded reliever Andrew Faulkner from AAA Round Rock, per John Blake on Twitter.

This is an interesting and curious move...Faulkner opened the season in the majors, after a strong 2015 campaign that saw him get promoted in the second half and perform well out of the pen. Faulkner struggled early this year, however, and ended up out of the mix in the big league bullpen, putting up a 7.94 ERA in 5.2 IP over 8 outings, and landing back in AAA for good after a mid-May demotion.

I thought Faulkner would end up back in the big leagues when rosters expanded — he gave up 8 runs in his first two outings for Round Rock immediately after being demoted in May, but since then has given up just 12 runs in 38 IP, striking out 33, walking 14 and allowing just 2 home runs. Instead, once the AAA season ended, he was sent by the organization to Surprise to work out and keep ready, along with Chi Chi Gonzalez, Doug Bernier and Drew Robinson, as guys who might be needed at some point in September.

So now Faulkner is back for the final ten days of the season, and it leads one to wonder why now rather than earlier in September. The Rangers’ lefthanded relief situation isn’t in great shape at this point — Alex Claudio has been solid, but Jake Diekman has struggled mightily with his command lately and Dario Alvarez has fallen out of the tree of trust.

So this could just be a matter of the Rangers wanting to look at Faulkner as a pen option over Alvarez, an opportunity to give the regular relievers more rest with the division race virtually over, or something else. In any case, there’s another lefty reliever available for the time being.