Rangers designate Lohse for assignment

Rangers designate Lohse for assignment

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers designated right-hander Kyle Lohse for assignment in order to make room on the roster for Tuesday night's starter Nick Martinez, who was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

Lohse, 37, was signed by the Rangers to a Minor League deal on May 14, and was called up on July 9 to help when injuries hit the starting rotation. In two starts, he was 0-2 with a 12.54 ERA, and allowed 15 hits in 9 1/3 innings.

"This is a veteran guy with 16 years, I think he understands that process," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I'm sure if there's a Major League opportunity out there for him, he'd much rather have that opportunity."

Martinez is making his third stint with the Rangers this year. He entered Tuesday's start with a 6.45 ERA.

He had a 3.96 ERA in 24 games (21 starts) with the Rangers last season.

"When he was here [this year], he was 51 percent strikes," Banister said. "Last year when he was here and having success, he was in the 60-percent range. That in itself is probably [problem] No. 1."

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• Banister did not have an update on the status of left-hander Cesar Ramos. He was designated for assignment on July 22.

"He's still in the middle of that process," Banister said.

Elvis Andrus was given the day off Tuesday as Jurickson Profar filled in at shortstop. Banister said he he was a little banged up after the team's 10-day, three-city road trip.

"Those games took a little bit of a toll on him. Felt like it was a good time to get him off his feet," Banister said.

Adrian Beltre provided the winning hit Monday night with his ninth career walk-off home run in a 4-for-5 game. He's just the third player in Rangers history with four hits and a walk-off home run in the same game. The last to do it was Alex Rodriguez in 2002.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.