The Texas Rangers have activated Tyson Ross from the 60 day disabled list today, have activated Mike Napoli and Carlos Gomez from the 10 day disabled list, and have recalled LHP Dario Alvarez from AAA Round Rock.
To clear spots for Napoli, Gomez and Alvarez on the 25 man roster, the Rangers placed reliever Tony Barnette on the disabled list, and optioned Jurickson Profar and Ryan Rua to AAA Round Rock. To clear a spot for Ross on the 25 man and 40 man roster, the Rangers have designated pitcher Dillon Gee for assignment.
A lot of activity today, as 16% of the roster has been turned over. The Gomez and Ross additions were expected, with the only question being who was going to be dropped to make room for them, and while it wasn’t inherently obvious Napoli was being activated today, he said after one rehab game that he was ready to go, and he was expected to be back by the end of the weekend at the latest.
Rua and Profar seemed like the most likely roster casualties on the position player side, since Profar was just up to give the team an extra bench bat and some insurance for Adrian Beltre when they were in Washington. Rua has struggled this season, while Delino DeShields has been hot of late, and so he was the odd man out among the outfielders. Jared Hoying gives the Rangers a quality defensive center fielder to be the fifth outfielder, while DeShields likely moves into a fourth outfielder role, as Joey Gallo most likely takes over as the regular left fielder, with Napoli going to first base.
Barnette has struggled all year, and this could be a chance to get him off the active roster to re-set and make a couple of rehab appearances in the minors to try to get fixed. Alvarez gives the Rangers an extra lefty in the pen.
As for Gee, the Rangers were going to have to do something to clear a 40 man roster spot, and his place on the active roster was superfluous with Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Nick Martinez being here. The Rangers could have optioned Martinez and kept Gee, but Gee hadn’t really done much to warrant keeping in the big league pen.