Queens, New York — The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has recalled infielder Tyler Smith (#20) from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned right-handed pitcher Nick Martínez to Round Rock.
Smith was received by Texas in July 30 waiver claim, made ML debut earlier this year with Seattle
Smith, 26, was received from the Seattle Mariners in a July 30 waiver claim after having been designated for assignment on July 28. The 6-foot, 195-pound infielder saw his first major league action with the Mariners earlier this season from June 2-20, batting .188 (3-16) with a double and RBI in 10 games/4 starts. He has also combined to bat .237 (72-304) with 6 home runs and 29 RBI at the Triple-A level this year with Tacoma and Round Rock. In his last game with the Express on Monday at Colorado Springs, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Smith has played primarily shortstop in his professional career, but he has also made several starts at second base and third base. He was originally selected by Seattle in the eighth round of the 2013 June draft out of Oregon State University.
Martínez has gone 3-4 with a 5.38 ERA in 16 games/13 starts spanning three stints with Texas this season: April 12-14, April 21-July 5, and July 31-August 8. He made 2 starts during his most recent stint, last on Sunday at Minnesota (4.0 IP, 5 R-ER).
After these moves, the Rangers still have 38 players on the club’s major league roster, along with four players on the 60-day disabled list.