Texas Rangers transactions: Wei-Chieh Huang, the righthanded reliever who was called up yesterday when Drew Smyly went to the injured list, has been optioned to AA Frisco, the Rangers have announced. A corresponding move to fill the empty 25 man roster spot will be announced tomorrow, John Blake initially stated, though he has sinceTaylor Hearn is slated to be promoted to start tomorrow’s game. So why aren’t the Rangers making the move official now?
The short answer is, stuff happens. Hearn could wake up with a stiff back tomorrow morning. He could break his toe stubbing it on a door walking back to bed from the bathroom in the middle of the night. He could fall off a fence after being scared by a bull and break his elbow. Safeco Field (is that what they are calling Seattle’s ballpark now, or did they change it? I think they changed it, but I’m not going to bother to look it up) could have a power issue that results in the game being postponed. A train derailment could postpone multiple games, as happened in Baltimore about 10-15 years ago.
Point being, the Rangers aren’t going to call Hearn up officially until they are sure he will go tomorrow night. So the announcement won’t be made until tomorrow close to game time.
Huang, meanwhile, returns to the minors with two days of major league service time under his belt, and a 3.86 ERA in 2.1 IP.