ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have promoted two infielders from Double-A Frisco in place of the veteran second basemen who have shared that role.
Texas selected the contracts of infielders Luis Sardinas and Rougned Odor from the RoughRiders on Thursday when the Rangers put Donnie Murphy on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain and designated Josh Wilson for assignment.
Right-hander Justin Germano’s contract was selected from Triple-A Round Rock.
Right-hander Scott Baker was designated for assignment, one day after he pitched 5 1-3 innings in relief in his Rangers debut.
“It was very tough,” manager Ron Washington said of his conversation with Baker. “You know he’s not available. We’re still trying to protect our bullpen. We needed get an arm up here, and he would have been down for three or four days. He did one heck of a job.”
Odor was in the starting lineup at second base for his major league debut. The 20-year-old Venezuelan hit .421 with three homers his last nine games in Frisco. Sardinas made his major league debut earlier this season with three games for the Rangers.
“I feel very happy to be here and fulfill my dream. And ready to play baseball,” Odor said through a translator. “If I’m here, if they called me, it’s because they think they need me and if they need me I’ll be ready.”
Murphy started 18 games at second base and got hurt Wednesday night when he tripped over first base trying to beat out a grounder ending the sixth inning. He landed awkwardly on a shoulder, likening the feeling to whiplash, and said he was still stiff Thursday.
Wilson, who hit .224 with eight RBIs in 24 games, made 16 starts.
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