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John King promoted, Yadiel Rivera DFA’d

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The Rangers have promoted lefthanded pitcher John King

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Texas Rangers transactions: John King has been added to the active roster and the 40 man roster, the team announced today. To make room for King on the active roster, the Rangers have designated infielder Yadiel Rivera for assignment.

King, who turns 26 in ten days, is a lefthanded pitcher who was a 10th round draft pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of the University of Houston. King did not pitch as a professional until late in 2018, due to needing Tommy John surgery, but he impressed in the Instructional League in 2018, and then had a successful 2019 campaign where he started in low-A Hickory and after five games moved up to high-A Down East.

King was going to be Rule 5 eligible after the season, and thus was going to be added to the 40 man roster in November anyway, so it makes sense in this wacky 2020 season to take a look at what he can do.

Yadiel Rivera, now, will be put on waivers and if he clears, can be assigned outright to the Alternate Training Site. With Anderson Tejeda being called up and being able to play all the infield positions, Rivera, a utility infielder, is superfluous on the active roster.