The Texas Rangers this morning announced the following roster moves prior to today's homestand finale the Seattle Mariners:
- Left-handed pitcher Derek Holland (#45) activated from 60-day disabled list
- Infielder Hanser Alberto (#68) recalled from Triple-A Round Rock
- Infielder Adam Rosales designated for assignment
- Following last night's game, right-handed pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez optioned to Triple-A Round Rock
Holland, 28, is scheduled to make his 2nd start of the season for Texas in today's game against Seattle. He exited his first start of the year, the club's home opener on April 10 versus Houston, after 1.0 inning due to a subscapular strain in his left shoulder suffered when he threw his final warm-up pitch just prior to the beginning of that contest. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list the next day.
Holland began an injury rehabilitation assignment on July 30 and made 4 starts with Round Rock (AAA) and Frisco (AA), going 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA (8 ER/12.0 IP). Minor league opponents batted .308 (16-52) with 6 walks and 19 strikeouts. His last rehab start was with Round Rock on Friday versus Colorado Springs (ND, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R-ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0 HR, 89 pitches/60 strikes). Since the start of 2015, Holland has 7 games/6 starts for the Rangers and 10 games/10 starts on minor league rehab assignments.
Alberto, 22, batted .247 (18-73) with 3 RBI and 9 runs scored over 25 games during his first stint with the Rangers from May 28-July 4, his first career major league action. He had 20 total starts, making 16 at second base and 2 each at third base and shortstop. He has spent the balance of the season with Round Rock, batting .310 (96-310) with 4 home runs, 19 doubles, 4 triples, and 32 RBI in 81 games. Since he was optioned on July 5, Alberto has batted .316 (50-158) in 39 games, including a 14-game hit streak to begin that recent stint. His .990 (3 E/298 TC) fielding percentage at shortstop in the Pacific Coast League would lead the circuit, but he is just shy of qualifying.
The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Rosales to the minor leagues. Rosales has been on the club's 25-man roster the entire season, batting .228 (26-114) with 3 home runs and 7 RBI in 55 games. He pitched for Texas both June 26 at Toronto and July 28 vs. New York-AL, the first position player in club history to make multiple mound appearances in one season.
Gonzalez took the loss in a quality start last night against Seattle. He has gone 2-5 with a 4.25 ERA (26 ER/55.0 IP) in 9 games/starts over 2 stints with Texas this season (May 30-July 3, Aug. 13-18) in his first career major league action.
The Rangers' major league roster is still at the 40-man limit.