Texas Rangers transactions: Joe Palumbo has been recalled from AA Frisco to start game one of today’s doubleheader, and Phillips Valdez’s contract has been purchased from AAA Nashville as the 26th man for today’s doubleheader. To make room for Valdez on the 40 man roster and Palumbo on the 25 man roster, David Carpenter has been designated for assignment.
Palumbo makes his major league debut today, and you can read Connor’s firsthand report on Palumbo here, and Tepid’s write-up on him here. He’s probably not major league ready, and against a righty-heavy Oakland lineup, there’s a good chance he will struggle, but he’s someone who should have a nice MLB future, and the Rangers are giving him a chance to get his feet wet, and will likely ask him to give them 3-4 innings then turn it over to the pen.
Teams get to add a 26th man for doubleheaders, and so Phillips Valdez is up as the extra guy. He is here simply to give the Rangers’ pen an arm that can absorb some innings if things get out of hand, someone who can throw 90-100 pitches as the long guy if Palumbo or Adrian Sampson get chased early.
To open up a roster spot, David Carpenter has been designated for assignment. The veteran was called up just eight days ago, when Zack Granite was sent back down, and only appeared in one game. The Rangers have seven days to waive, trade or release him. I suspect that he will clear waivers and return to Nashville.
The interesting decision will be what the Rangers do after Palumbo’s Game 1 start. Zack Granite wasn’t in the lineup for Nashville last night, and thus I suspect he came to Arlington in case Shin-Soo Choo’s hand was bad enough that he still couldn’t go today and needed to go on the injured list. Choo is in the lineup for Game 1, so Granite, who hasn’t been in the minors at least 10 days since being optioned, can’t be recalled unless there’s an injured list move.
Kyle Bird was optioned on May 29 so Granite could come up, so normally I would say he’d be the obvious choice, but he’s on the 7 day injured list, as is Wei-Chieh Huang. C.D. Pelham is on the 40 man roster but is having an awful year and isn’t in a position to be called up. It makes me think that maybe Peter Fairbanks, the righty reliever who burst on the scene this year and appears to be major league ready, might be added to the roster in place of Palumbo between games.