The Texas Rangers placed shortstop Elvis Andrus on the injured list with a back strain between games of the doubleheader today. To replace him on the active roster, the Rangers called up third baseman Sherten Apostel.
The 21 year old Apostel was acquired, along with Taylor Hearn, from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Keone Kela in 2018. A big power hitter, Apostel split 2019 between low-A Hickory and high-A Down East, slashing .251/.339/.440. He was added to the 40 man roster this past offseason, and would normally have been expected to spend much of the summer with the Roughriders. Instead, he has made his major league debut, and got his first major league hit today. With Willie Calhoun expected to be activated on Tuesday, however, Apostel’s stay could be brief.
Elvis Andrus, meanwhile, would seem likely to be done for the year. He has battled back issues for several years now, and this is his second trip to the injured list with a back issue this year.