Texas Rangers transactions: Elvis Andrus has been activated from the 60 day disabled list today, and pitcher Ricky Rodriguez has been recalled from AAA Round Rock. The Rangers had cleared a 25 man roster spot yesterday by optioning Ryan Rua to AAA Round Rock. To clear a second roster spot, the Rangers have optioned catcher Jose Trevino to AA Frisco. No announcement has been made yet as to the move to clear a 40 man roster spot for Elvis.
Andrus replacing Rua on the roster was expected, as today was the day targeted for Elvis’s return from a rehab assignment, and Rua was optioned yesterday. Replacing Trevino with Rodriguez is a surprise, however. Rodriguez has pitched well in relief for Round Rock since missing time earlier in the season, but by sending down Trevino, the Rangers are left with Isiah Kiner-Falefa as their backup catcher, since Carlos Perez is on the d.l. IKF has worked at catcher the past couple of seasons, but has exclusively played the infield since being recalled to the majors in April.
UPDATE — Deck McGuire, who was claimed on waivers from the Blue Jays last week, has been designated for assignment to make room for Andrus on the 40 man roster.