The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has added right-handed pitcher Lucas Harrell has reported to the active roster after he joined the team today. To make room on the 25-man roster for Harrell, the Rangers have optioned right-handed pitcher Shawn Tolleson to Triple-A Round Rock.
Additionally, right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse has declined an outright assignment to Round Rock to become a free agent.
Harrell was acquired along with left-handed pitcher Dario Alvarez in a trade with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. The 31-year-old went 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA (11 ER/29.1 IP) in 5 games/starts for Atlanta this season after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett on July 2. He earned the win with 6.0 shutout innings in his final start with the Braves on Tuesday at Minnesota. Harrell signed a minor league contract with Detroit on March 1 and was released on May 16 before signing a minors deal with Atlanta on May 21.
Tolleson has a 2-2 record with 11 saves and a 7.68 ERA (31 ER/36.1 IP) in 37 relief appearances with the Rangers this season. Since his first season with Texas in 2014, Tolleson's 174 appearances rank 12th in the American League and are double the total of the next-closest Rangers.
Lohse was designated for assignment on Tuesday after losing both starts during his lone stint with Texas from July 9-25, allowing 13 runs in 9.1 innings.
The Rangers' major league roster remains at the 40-man limit.