Rangers return reliever Olmos to Mariners

Rangers return reliever Olmos to Mariners

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have returned injured left-hander Edgar Olmos to the Mariners. Olmos was claimed off waivers at the beginning of Spring Training, but he has been unable to pitch because of an impingement in his left shoulder.

The Rangers had hoped Olmos would compete for a spot as a left-handed reliever. Olmos made five relief appearances for the Marlins in 2013, and he was claimed on waivers by the Mariners this past offseason.

The reversal of the waiver claim leaves the Rangers with three left-handed relief candidates in camp. Alex Claudio, who had a 2.92 ERA in 15 relief appearances for Texas as a rookie last year, is the only southpaw on the 40-man roster.

Michael Kirkman is in camp on a non-roster invite, but he is also sidelined with an impingement in his left shoulder. The Rangers are hoping he can throw a bullpen session by the end of this week. But Kirkman will need multiple bullpen sessions before he can pitch in a game.

The other left-hander is Martire Garcia, who was a late non-roster addition to camp. The 25-year-old was 2-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 23 games last year at three levels in the Minor Leagues.

The other left-handed relief possibility is Ross Detwiler, who was in the Nationals' bullpen last season. But the Rangers acquired Detwiler with the idea of giving him a chance to start, and he will do so on Saturday (2:05 p.m. CT on MLB.TV) against the Brewers.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.