Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon that the club has purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Andrew Faulkner (#56) from Triple-A Round Rock. To make room on the active roster, the team has optioned right-handed pitcher Nick Martinez to Round Rock. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rangers have designated left-handed pitcher Chris Rearick for assignment.
Faulkner, 22, will be seeking his major league debut in tonight's series opener against the Baltimore Orioles. He has combined to go 7-4 with a 3.86 ERA (34 ER/100.1 IP) over 34 games/15 starts with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. He was moved to the bullpen on July 10 while with Frisco and has compiled a 0.40 ERA (1 ER/21.2 IP) over his last 18 relief appearances, holding opponents to a .072 (5-69) batting average with 28 strikeouts in that span. He also has a 19.2-inning scoreless streak over his last 16 outings at the minor league level.
Faulkner was promoted to Round Rock on August 12 and has posted 8.0 scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts over his first 6 relief outings at the Triple-A level. He has held Pacific Coast League batters to a .080 (2-25) average, with left-handed batters going 0-for-9 with 7 strikeouts. His last outing was Wednesday against Salt Lake (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 23 pitches). Before he was moved to the bullpen in July, Faulkner had spent the bulk of his professional career as a starter since being selected in the 14th round of the 2011 June draft out of South Aiken (SC) High School.
Martinez was in the Rangers bullpen after being recalled yesterday, but is scheduled to start tonight for Round Rock. 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 three stints: Opening Day-July 1, July 20-August 12, and August 27.
The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Rearick to the minor leagues. He was received from the San Diego Padres on a waiver claim on Wednesday and optioned to Round Rock, but had yet to appear for the Express. He made his major league debut with San Diego this season, allowing 4 runs in 3.0 innings over 5 appearances during his lone stint with the Padres from April 10-25.
With these moves, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.