Courtesy: Texas Rangers Communications
The Texas Rangers announced prior to Friday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles that the club has activated left-handed pitcher Joely Rodríguez (pronounced joe-EH-lee) from the 10-day Injured List. To make room for Rodríguez on the active roster, the club has optioned right-handed pitcher Josh Sborz (pronounced spores) to the Alternate Training Site.
Rodríguez will be in uniform for Friday night’s homestand opener against the Orioles, seeking his season debut. He was on the 10-day Injured list from March 29-April 15 with a left ankle sprain which slowed his preparation during Spring Training. He recently joined the Rangers Alternate Site Group, posting 2.0 scoreless innings with one hit, one walk, and 3 strikeouts in relief appearances on Monday and Tuesday against the Astros Alternate Site squad in Corpus Christi. Rodríguez did not appear in any Spring Training ‘A’ games while the Rangers were in Arizona.
Rodríguez will be in his second season with the Rangers after posting no record with a 2.13 ERA and 1.026 WHIP over 12 relief appearances for Texas in 2020. His last appearance with the Rangers came on September 5, 2020 at Seattle, when he suffered a season-ending left hamstring strain.
Sborz has a 1-1 record with a 7.20 ERA (4 ER/5.0 IP) over 6 relief appearances with the Rangers this season after being acquired in a February 16 trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He recorded his first Major League win in Thursday night’s extra-inning victory at Tampa Bay.
Following today’s transactions, the Rangers’ Major League roster remains at the 40-man limit, along with three players on the 60-day Injured List: pitchers Matt Bush, Jonathan Hernandez, and Jose Leclerc.