Texas sends lefty Bell to Detroit; Gimenez designated for assignment
By Alykhan Ravjiani
TORONTO -- The Rangers added some catching depth to their roster on Tuesday, bringing back a familiar face in Bobby Wilson.
Wilson was acquired from the Tigers for left-hander Chad Bell, and is expected to join the Rangers in Toronto on Wednesday. The 33-year-old was 2-for-13 with two RBIs in five games for the Tigers, and played in 31 games for the Rangers in 2015.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., native spent a majority of Spring Training with Texas, before being traded to Detroit on March 29, along with right-hander Myles Jaye, for catcher Bryan Holaday.
"I like the fact we had an opportunity to get Bobby back into the mix with us," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said, citing Wilson's familiarity with Texas' starting rotation. "Obviously, we're very familiar with him and what he can do to help us out."
Bell, the Rangers' 14th-round Draft pick in 2009, was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in five games (two starts) at Triple-A Round Rock. The 27-year-old is 32-28 with a 3.66 ERA in 149 Minor League games (86 starts).
Wilson's acquisition provides the Rangers some positional flexibility. Texas is currently carrying 13 pitchers, and Banister said the team could keep three catchers on the roster, or go back to a traditional 12-man pitching staff. Rangers catchers Brett Nicholas and Holaday do have experience playing first base and could see time there, if needed.
To make room for Wilson on the 40-man roster, the Rangers designated catcher Chris Gimenez for assignment and will need to make an additional roster move to place Wilson on the 25-man roster before Wednesday's game.
The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release or outright Gimenez to the Minor Leagues. The 33-year-old has been on the 15-day disabled list since Spring Training with an infection in his lower left leg, and was on a rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco, where he was hitting .240 with one home run in seven games.
"We've had some trade interest, so I don't think we'll keep Chris," general manager Jon Daniels said.
• Count Adrian Beltre as an advocate for the new dirt infield in Toronto. Beltre noted the surface is a lot easier on the body than Toronto's old turf infield.
"For me, it was beneficial because it was better on my legs," Beltre said. "We'll see how it goes the whole series, but at least so far, it's been better."
• Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish threw a 15-pitch bullpen Tuesday at Globe Life Park, supervised by Minor League pitching coordinator Danny Clark. Darvish will make his second rehab start on Friday for Triple-A Round Rock against New Orleans and is expected to throw up to three innings and 45 pitches. The 29-year-old pitched two scoreless innings for Double-A Frisco on Sunday in his first start since March 2015.
"He looked good and he came out fresh," Banister said. "It was kind of a controlled effort."
• For the third consecutive day, Shin-Soo Choo participated in on-field baseball activities in an effort to return from a right calf strain. Choo participated in some running and fielding drills, as well as live batting practice.
Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Rangers on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.