The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has outrighted the following five players off the 40-man roster after the group cleared waivers today: RHP Omar Beltre, INF Andres Blanco, INF Esteban German, RHP Eric Hurley, and RHP Merkin Valdez.
Beltre, 30, spent the entire season on the disabled list after having spine surgery performed by Dr. Drew Dossett on February 23. He had a brief rehabilitation assignment in the Arizona League, making 2 appearances in late June and early July, his only live action all year. He opened the season on the 15-day disabled list and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on April 8 for the remainder of the year.
Blanco, 27, batted .224 with 2 homers and 3 RBI in 36 games for Texas this season, missing six weeks due to a pair of disabled list stints. He was on the disabled list from July 7-30 with a stress reaction in his back and Aug. 9-31 with lower back inflammation. He was not on any of the Rangers' postseason rosters this year.
German, 33, appeared in 11 games as a September call-up for Texas after spending the campaign with Triple-A Round Rock. He ranked among Pacific Coast League leaders in steals (2nd, 44), runs (4th, 94), and walks (5th, 72). He was on the Texas postseason roster for all three rounds of the 2011 playoffs.
Hurley, 26, went 8-3 with a 5.55 ERA (52 ER/84.1 IP) in 16 games/starts for Round Rock (AAA) in 2011. He endured two disabled list stints that caused him to make just 2 starts prior to June 20. He was on the Rangers' 60-day disabled list from April 23-June 23. Hurley was originally selected by Texas in the first round (30th overall) of the 2004 June draft.
Valdez, 29, made 5 appearances for Texas as a September call-up, but was not with the club during the postseason. He was signed by Texas to a minor league contract on July 24 after being released by the Dodgers on July 18.
With these moves, including Baltimore's acquisition of right-handed pitcher Darren O'Day on a waiver claim earlier today, the Rangers now have 32 players on the club's 40-man roster.