Texas Rangers transactions: Peter Fairbanks has been added to the Rangers roster in advance of tonight’s doubleheader Game 2, the team has announced. To make room for him on the 25 man roster, the Rangers have optioned pitcher Joe Palumbo, who stared Game 1, to Frisco. To make room on the 40 man roster, the Rangers have designated pitcher Nick Gardewine for assignment.
The righthanded Fairbanks has had a meteoric rise to the majors this year — the 25 year old 9th rounder out of the University of Missouri in 2015 missed much of 2017 and all of 2018 after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery. He came back throwing in the upper 90s, however, and in the last month has had people saying he was going to be in the majors this summer. He started the year in Down East, and earned promotions to Frisco and then Nashville. In the three stops combined, he put up a 2.35 ERA in 23 IP with 36 Ks. A fastball/slider guy, he essentially takes the place of David Carpenter, who was designated for assignment this morning to make room for Joe Palumbo.
Palumbo did solid work in his major league debut, and as expected, now goes back to the minors to continue refining his craft and preparing himself for his next go-round in the bigs.
Gardewine, 25, is on the injured list for Nashville. The righty reliever has most missed of 2018 and 2019 due to injuries. Texas has 7 days to waive, trade or release Gardewine.