Smolinski optioned to Triple-A; Edwards recalled

Smolinski optioned to Triple-A; Edwards recalled

CLEVELAND -- Before Wednesday afternoon's 12-3 loss to Cleveland, the Rangers made a roster move shortly before Wednesday afternoon's game in Cleveland, optioning outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Round Rock and recalling right-handed pitcher Jon Edwards.

The move gives a taxed Rangers bullpen a much-needed eighth arm. Closer Shawn Tolleson has thrown three consecutive days. Ross Ohlendorf, Keone Kela, Sam Freeman and Tanner Scheppers have each thrown two of the past three days. Alex Claudio threw 61 pitches on Monday. Anthony Bass tossed 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday.

Edwards, 27, made his Major League debut for the Rangers last season, making nine relief appearances in August and September. Through 15 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season, he owns a 1.15 ERA, a 34 percent strikeout rate and an 8.5 percent walk rate. He ranks second in the Pacific Coast League with 13 saves in 14 opportunities.

Edwards came in to pitch in the eighth inning Wednesday, allowing one hit and striking out two in the frame.

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Smolinski, 26, was receiving regular playing time at the beginning of the season, but he has struggled at the plate, carrying a slashline of .151/.299/.226 with one home run and one stolen base in 67 plate appearances. With the return of Josh Hamilton and the emergence of Delino DeShields Jr., Smolinski's role in the Texas outfield has been largely diminished.

August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.