Rangers Activate LHP Cole Hamels and RHP Sam Dyson on 25-Man Roster

RHP Keone Kela optioned to Frisco; C Robinson Chirinos placed on 15-day disabled list

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced the following roster moves prior to tonight's game with the San Francisco Giants:

  • Left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels (#35) and right-handed pitcher Sam Dyson (#47) activated on the 25-man roster
  • Right-handed pitcher Keone Kela optioned to Double-A Frisco
  • Catcher Robinson Chirinos placed on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with a left shoulder strain

Hamels was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies that was announced yesterday. He is scheduled to make his Texas debut in a start tonight against the San Francisco Giants, his first game since throwing a no-hitter last Saturday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Hamels has gone 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA (52 ER/128.2 IP) in 20 games/starts for the Phillies this season, holding opponents to a .233 (113-486) average with 39 walks and 137 strikeouts.

In his career, Hamels has been a 3-time All-Star (2007, 2011, 2012), posted 200-or-more innings 6 times, had 6 different 10-win seasons, and was selected most valuable player of both the 2008 National League Championship Series and 2008 World Series. He has a 114-90 record and 3.30 ERA over 295 games/294 starts in his major league career.

Dyson was acquired in a trade with the Miami Marlins yesterday. He has gone 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA (18 ER/44.0 IP) in 44 relief appearances for the Marlins this season, already establishing major league career highs in games and innings pitched. He has been in the Miami bullpen the entire season. Dyson has a career 6-6 record and 3.87 ERA over 82 games/one start in the majors with Toronto (2012) and Miami (2013-15).

Kela has gone 5-5 with one save and a 3.30 ERA over an American League-leading 49 appearances in his first major league action this season. He ranks among A.L. relief leaders in decisions (T1st, 10) and wins (T4th, 5).

Chirinos has batted .226 with 9 home runs and 33 RBI in 70 games/69 starts behind the plate for Texas this season. He ranks 5th among American League catchers in RBI and T6th in home runs. The first date Chirinos would be eligible to return is August 15.

With these transactions, the Rangers still have 39 players on the club's 40-man roster.