ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo stopped by Globe Life Park on Wednesday for a spot start. Ranaudo's next stop is going to be back to Triple-A Round Rock.
The Rangers announced after a 10-2 loss to the Angels on Wednesday that Ranaudo has been optioned to Round Rock. The Rangers will activate reliever Tanner Scheppers off of the disabled list and go with a four-man rotation for now.
That appeared to be the Rangers' plan all along with three off-days coming in the next eight days. But Ranaudo didn't do anything to persuade them otherwise, allowing six runs in the second inning against the Angels.
"My job is to go out there and put my team in a position to win and go deep in the game," Ranaudo said. "I didn't do that. I've got to learn from this. Hopefully, there are a lot more starts for me this year."
There may be, but not right away. The Rangers won't need a fifth starter until April 28. That gives them 12 days to decide who will get a chance to fill Derek Holland's vacant spot in the rotation.
The Rangers have right-hander Alex Gonzalez and left-hander Wandy Rodriguez to consider at Triple-A, as well as Anthony Bass, who allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings of long relief on Wednesday and has a 4.22 ERA.
Ranaudo, who was acquired this winter from the Red Sox for reliever Robbie Ross, has not fallen out of favor for the Rangers. He just wasn't the answer on Wednesday afternoon, allowing eight of 13 batters to reach base on six hits and two walks.
"He fell behind hitters," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "When you get behind big league hitters, you've got to pitch to the fat part of the plate. It comes down to fastball command. Everything else plays off that."
• Left-handed reliever Sam Freeman, who was acquired from the Cardinals and then designated for assignment at the end of Spring Training, has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Round Rock.
• Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, on the disabled list because of a tight right groin muscle, will pitch again on Friday with Round Rock. He allowed three runs in one inning while pitching for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.
• Pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. He also had bone chips removed. Bonilla is expected to be out for at least 12 months and well into next season.