Rangers recall LHP Alex Claudio and activate OF Ryan Rua

RHP Anthony Ranaudo optioned to Round Rock; OF Jake Smolinski designated for assignment

The Texas Rangers today announced the following roster moves:

  • LHP Alex Claudio (#58) recalled from Triple-A Round Rock
  • OF Ryan Rua (#16) removed from rehab assignment and activated from 60-day disabled list
  • RHP Anthony Ranaudo optioned to Round Rock
  • OF Jake Smolinski designated for assignment.

Claudio, who will be making his second stint with Texas this season, is 2-0, 1.80 (2 ER/16.2 IP) in 12 total appearances with Round Rock, holding left-handed batters to a .222 average. He has pitched 7.0 scoreless innings over 6 appearances with the Express since being optioned by the Rangers on June 2. The left-hander was 1-0, 2.63 (4 ER/13.2 IP) over 16 games with Texas from April 27-June 1.

Rua batted .175 (7-40) with 2 homers and 6 RBI in 12 games on rehab assignment with Round Rock, making starts at 3B (7), LF (2), DH (2), and 1B (1). The right-handed batter opened the season with Texas and was 4-for-17 in 5 starts in left field before sustaining a non-displaced fracture in his right heel in the Rangers' home opener on April 10 vs. Houston. Dr. John Crates performed surgery to repair the heel fracture. He was placed in the 15-day DL the following day and was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 5.   

Ranaudo pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing 5 hits without a decision in Texas' 1-0 loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night. Smolinski is batting .133 (8-60) with one homer and 6 RBI in 35 games over three stints with the Rangers this season.

The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Smolinski to the minor leagues.

With today's moves, the Rangers major league roster remains at 40 players.