Rangers option RHP Spencer Patton to Round Rock; recall RHP Nick Martinez from Round Rock

Martinez to be available in bullpen for today's series finale against Toronto

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.