Rangers recall RHP Nick Martinez and INF/OF Joey Gallo; RHP Kyle Lohse designated for assignment

OF Jared Hoying optioned to Triple-A Round Rock

The Texas Rangers today announced the following four roster moves ahead of tonight's game against Oakland:

  • Right-handed pitcher Nick Martinez recalled from Round Rock (AAA)
  • Infielder/outfielder Joey Gallo recalled from Round Rock (AAA)
  • Right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse designated for assignment
  • Outfielder Jared Hoying optioned to Round Rock (AAA)

Martinez is scheduled to start tonight's game against Oakland. He will be in his third stint with Texas this season, the others from April 16-24 and June 14-July 8. He has a 1-2 record with a 6.45 ERA (16 ER/22.1 IP) in 6 games/4 starts for the Rangers in 2016. Martinez has combined to go 6-5 with a 3.94 ERA (35 ER/80.0 IP) in 14 games/13 starts in the minor leagues this season for Round Rock and Frisco (AA), including a 1.69 ERA in 3 games/2 starts since his most recent option following the Rangers' game on July 8. He last pitched with Round Rock last Tuesday against Fresno, taking the loss in a 1-0 Express defeat (8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R-ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 107 pitches). Over 6 career starts against Oakland, he has gone 3-1 with a 2.04 ERA (8 ER/35.1 IP).

Gallo, 22, will be in his second stint with Texas this season, as he was also with the club from May 23-27. His only action with the Rangers in 2016 came as a pinch-hitter on May 23 vs. Los Angeles-AL. He has spent the bulk of the year with Round Rock, compiling a batting line of .246/.381/.557/.939 (60-244) with 19 home runs and 47 RBI in 70 games. He has homered in 3 of his last 5 and in 4 of his last 10 games, and ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League in home runs. Gallo's .939 OPS figure is seventh among all Triple-A qualifiers. He played 36 games with the Rangers in his first major league action in 2015.

Lohse lost both starts with Texas after having his contract purchased from Round Rock on July 9, allowing 13 runs in 9.1 innings. The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Lohse to the minor leagues.

Hoying has batted .241 (7-29) with 5 RBI in 17 games/6 starts over two stints with the Rangers this season, May 23-June 12 and July 6-25. This year marks his first major league action, and he also pitched an inning on July 7 vs. Minnesota. Hoying has spent the rest of the year at Round Rock, batting .280 with 9 home runs and 43 RBI.

With today's moves, the Rangers now have 39 players on the club's major league roster.

The Rangers have transferred the injury rehabilitation assignment of outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Arizona League Rangers to Triple-A Round Rock for tonight's game against Omaha. Stubbs, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 23 and transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 29, went 2-for-9 with a walk and RBI in 3 games with the Arizona Rangers.

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been released from his minor league contract at Round Rock. Ruggiano was on the Rangers' Opening Day roster, going 1-for-4 with an RBI in his only game with the club before he was designated for assignment on April 8 and outrighted to Round Rock on April 10. He hit .226 with 7 home runs and 23 RBI in 44 games for the Express this season.