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Willie Calhoun activated, Scott Heineman sent down

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The Rangers have activated Willie Calhoun from the injured list, and have sent down Scott Heineman

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Willie Calhoun has been activated from the injured list, the Texas Rangers announced today. To make room for him on the 28 man roster, Scott Heineman was optioned to the Alternate Team Site yesterday.

Calhoun will reportedly be largely limited to DH duty for the time being, but manager Chris Woodward wants to get him as much time as possible over the final thirteen games of the season, so I would expect to see him in the lineup at DH and batting in the first few spots going forward.

Heineman, meanwhile, ended up being up for just one day. He was called up Sunday when the Rangers put catcher Jose Trevino on the injured list, but is now back at the Alternate Training Site to make room for Willie on the active roster. Heineman’s playing time has been limited, particularly since he is below Eli White and Nick Solak in the left field pecking order, and Ronald Guzman is playing every day at first base.

In addition, after I posted this, it was announced that Demarcus Evans has been called up, and Luis Garcia has been designated for assignment. Evans, 23, is a big (he is listed at 6’5”, 265 lb.) righthanded relief pitcher who was a 25th round draft pick in 2015. He was added to the 40 man roster after a 2019 season that saw him strike out 100 of 235 batters he faced in 60 IP between Down East and Frisco, while walking just 39 and putting up a 0.90 ERA.

Evans will be making his major league debut whenever he enters a game.