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June 06, 2005


Texas optioned reliever NICK REGILIO to AAA Oklahoma. Texas added reliever MICHAEL TEJERA to the 40-man roster and recalled him from AAA.

Odd. The local dailies had suggested that Texas might forego a reliever during the week they'll spend in NL parks in order to fortify the bench, but instead they shooed off Regilio and recalled Tejera. Tejera has pitched well in AAA (2.55 ERA, two homers, seven walks, 17 strikeouts in 17 innings) and also had the right to declare free agency if he awakened to another day in AAA on June 14th. Regilio has pitched just well enough to back-end a bullpen but has options, unlike most of the Ranger pitchers.

If Alfonso Soriano's tweaked hamstring keeps him out of action and the Rangers make no other moves, Texas will effectively be playing with a three-man bench consisting of Andres Torres, another outfielder and the backup catcher. That's pretty grim.

UPDATE: Four-man bench, not three. Still...

Posted by Lucas at June 6, 2005 05:35 PM