ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have added a second left-hander to the bullpen by calling up reliever Sam Freeman from Triple-A Round Rock. To make room, the Rangers have designated long reliever Stolmy Pimentel for assignment.
Freeman, who is from the Dallas suburb of Carrollton, was acquired from the Cardinals at the end of Spring Training and had a 1.12 ERA in eight appearances at Round Rock. He pitched in each of the last three seasons for the Cardinals and had a 2.61 ERA in 44 games last season.
Pimentel was claimed off waivers from the Pirates on April 11 and was 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in eight games for the Rangers. They have 10 days to trade, release or outright him to the Minor Leagues.
More bullpen moves are expected later this week. Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa's 30-day medical rehabilitation assignment ended on Wednesday and he re-joined the Rangers. He could be activated as early as Thursday. He had a 3.86 ERA in 10 games for Round Rock.
The Rangers may also be close to bringing Tanner Scheppers back from Round Rock. He has not allowed a run since being sent down on April 27 to work primarily on his fastball command.
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