The Texas Rangers have activated Kohei Arihara from the 60 day injured list and have activated Charlie Culberson from the COVID-19 injured list, the team announced today. In addition, the team has purchased the contract pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang. Ryan Dorow has been returned to AAA Round Rock.
As rosters expand to 28 today, there is only one roster spot that has to be opened up to add these three players. Since Dorow was added to the active and 40 man roster as part of a COVID outbreak, he is able to be returned to the minors and removed from the 40 man roster without being put on waivers.
Culberson now replaces Dorow as a righthanded bench infielder on the roster. Arihara is now back on the active roster ahead of schedule, as the expectation when he had surgery back in May was that he would miss the rest of the season. Arihara will get a few outings the rest of the way to give the Rangers an opportunity to see whether he looks any better than he did pre-surgery, and help them evaluate whether he might be a viable rotation candidate for 2022.