The Texas Rangers Opening Day roster will include pitchers Dario Alvarez and Mike Hauschild, manager Jeff Banister announced today, per Stefan Stevenson on Twitter. both appeared likely to make the cut once Keone Kela was sent down, but this confirms they are safe.
Alvarez, 28, came over to Texas with Lucas Harrell last July in the trade that sent Travis Demeritte to Atlanta. He will give the Rangers another lefty in the bullpen along with Alex Claudio, though he could be one of the pitchers in jeopardy when Andrew Cashner is ready to return.
Hauschild, 27, is a right handed pitcher who the Rangers selected in the Rule 5 draft from the Astros. Hauschild was competing for a rotation spot early in camp, but was moved into more of a multi-inning reliever role, where he will presumably be used for now.
This makes the second time in three years the Rangers have started the year with an Astros Rule 5 pick on their roster. If Hauschild works out as well as Delino DeShields, we will all be thrilled, I think.