The Texas Rangers announced prior to today's game against the Toronto Blue Jays that the club has optioned right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton to Triple-A Round Rock and recalled right-handed pitcher Nick Martinez from Round Rock.
Martinez will be available in the bullpen for today's series finale against the Blue Jays. He has gone 7-7 with a 4.09 ERA (55 ER/121.0 IP) over 21 games/starts for the Rangers this season spanning two stints: Opening Day-July 1 and July 20-August 12. He has a career 0.77 ERA (1 R-ER/11.2 IP) in 5 major league relief appearances, all last season, most recently on May 14, 2014 at Houston. Martinez also has 4 starts with Round Rock in 2015, going 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA (9 ER/19.0 IP). He has made 2 starts since his most recent option, going 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA (6 ER/13.0 IP), last pitching on Sunday vs. Salt Lake (7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R-ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 89 pitches/58 strikes).
Patton has a 9.00 ERA (24 ER/24.0 IP) in 27 relief appearances over three stints with Texas this season: May 4-14, June 7-10, and June 25-August 26.
The Rangers have 40 players on the club's major league roster.