Texas Rangers transactions: David Carpenter, veteran righthanded reliever, has had his contract purchased from AAA Nashville, the Rangers announced today. To make room for Carpenter on the 25 man roster, outfielder Zack Granite has been optioned. The Rangers’ 40 man roster had been at 39, so no additional move was needed to add Carpenter to the 40 man roster.
Carpenter, who turns 34 in July, spent time in the major leagues from 2011-15 with the Astros, Braves, Nationals, Yankees and Blue Jays, putting up a 3.66 ERA in 211.1 IP in 218 games out of the bullpen, with 216 Ks against 74 walks. He was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006, was sent to the Astros in 2010 for Pedro Feliz, and then was part of the big 10 player trade between the Astros and Blue Jays in July, 2012, that also involved, among others, Francisco Cordero, J.A. Happ and Joe Musgrove.
Carpenter pitched in the Independent Atlantic League for parts of 2016 and 2017, and pitched in AA and AAA for the Diamondbacks in 2017. He missed all of 2018. So far in 2019, he has a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 IP over 15 games for AAA Nashville, with 17 Ks, 4 walks and a home run allowed. He will presumably get a shot at the middle relief role that Jeanmar Gomez had been intended to hold down.
Granite had been called up to give the Rangers a backup outfield option when Joey Gallo was dealing with a sore wrist a couple of days ago.