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September 12, 2005

Transaction

Texas recalled pitchers R.A. DICKEY and JOSH RUPE and outfielder JASON BOTTS from AAA Oklahoma. Texas also added infielder ESTEBAN GERMAN to the 40-man roster and recalled him from AAA and moved pitcher NICK REGILIO from the 15-day Disabled List to the 60-Day DL.

Oklahoma’s season ended yesterday with a first-round playoff loss to Nashville. Dickey will start on Tuesday and Rupe might also get a start or two. Botts reportedly doesn’t have the tools to play anywhere on the field, but I hope that Texas will at least let him take the place of Mark DeRosa or Phil Nevin against lefthanders.

I suppose German’s recall is reward for being a good organizational soldier. He certainly has nowhere to play, what with the infield cast in stone and DeRosa and Marshall McDougall already hanging around. German did have a fine season and might receive consideration for a bench spot in 2006, but that won’t translate into at-bats during 2005.

Texas has punted the issue of whether Ian Kinsler is ready for Major League ball. Check back in ’06.

Posted by Lucas at September 12, 2005 11:23 PM