Rangers' bullpen door continues to revolve

Relievers shuttling back and forth to Triple-A

Rangers' bullpen door continues to revolve

ARLINGTON -- Rangers relievers Phil Klein and Jon Edwards found out what it means to still have Minor League options. Anthony Ranaudo is about to find out the same thing.

Edwards was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday so that Texas could add Stolmy Pimentel off of waivers. Klein was optioned on Tuesday night so the Rangers could add Ranuado for Wednesday's start against the Angels.

"We like Phil Klein," manager Jeff Banister said. "He pitched four out of five days and has done some good things out of the bullpen. He'll continue to be a winning player out of the bullpen."

There is a good chance both Edwards and Klein will be back. Clubs need relievers with options whom they can move back and forth from Triple-A during the season when the bullpen gets overworked or the roster needs manipulating.

"We talked about it, it's part of life in the bullpen," Banister said. "Part of life being optionable. The great thing for those guys is if they are around long enough, they won't have to worry about it. To have a manageable roster, it's one of the ways to make depth for yourself."

Keone Kela and Anthony Bass also have options. But Texas doesn't have that flexibility with Logan Verrett or Pimentel. Verrett is bound by Rule 5 Draft guidelines, and Pimentel is out of options.

Ranaudo has options and could be back in Triple-A after Wednesday's start. The Rangers are expecting to activate Tanner Scheppers off of the disabled list on Friday, and because of the three off-days coming up, they won't need a fifth starter until April 28.

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.