Texas Rangers transactions: Luke Farrell has been activated from the 60 day injured list, the Rangers announced today. To make room for Farrell on the 25 man roster, the Rangers optioned Locke St. John to AAA Nashville. To make room for him on the 40 man roster, the Rangers designated Shane Carle for assignment.
Farrell, 28, is a righthanded pitcher who was claimed on waivers by the Rangers from the Anaheim Angels in January. He was expected to be depth for the pitching staff, but suffered a fractured jaw on a line drive in a spring training game and has been on the injured list all season. He has an option remaining, so if the Rangers like what they see from him the rest of the way, they could hang on to him over the offseason, knowing they have the flexibility to option him next year if he doesn’t make the 2020 staff.
St. John is a lefthander who was called up earlier this week. He will, I would assume, be back in September, unless the Rangers feel they need his spot on the 40 man roster.
Carle, who turns 28 next week, is a righthanded reliever acquired from the Atlanta Braves for cash in July. He was very good in a relief role for Atlanta in 2018, but was bad in both AAA and the majors for the Braves this year, and has allowed 7 runs in 6.2 IP since being acquired by Texas. Since the trade deadline has been passed, he is presumably being put on waivers today.