Rangers acquire Federowicz from Cleveland, place Kiner-Falefa on 10-day IL

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Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has acquired catcher Tim Federowicz from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

With the trade, Federowicz was assigned from the Columbus Clippers of the International League to the Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League.  Texas has selected his contract from Nashville and he will be available for tonight’s series opener against the Oakland Athletics.

The team has also placed catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa on the 10-day injured list with a right middle finger ligament sprain.  To make room on the 40-man roster for Federowicz, the Rangers have transferred left-handed pitcher Taylor Hearn from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list.

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Federowicz, 31, has spent the entire season with Columbus (AAA) in the International League, batting .278/.343/.411/.764 (25-90) with 2 home runs, 6 doubles, and 13 RBI in 26 games.  He has thrown out 9 of 17 (52.9%) runners attempting to steal at Triple-A this season, posting a .995 (1 E/219 TC) fielding percentage in 22 games/20 starts and 183.0 innings behind the plate for the Clippers.  Federowicz signed a minor league contract with Cleveland on February 14 after splitting the 2018 campaign in the Houston and Cincinnati organizations.  He has seen Major League action in seven of eight seasons from 2011-18, batting .199 with 8 home runs and 32 RBI across 134 MLB contests with Los Angeles-NL (2011-14), Chicago-NL (2016), San Francisco (2017), Houston (2018), and Cincinnati (2018).

Kiner-Falefa exited Thursday night’s game against Baltimore after 7 innings with the finger injury.  The first date he would be eligible to return is June 17.  He has batted .231 with one home run and 13 RBI over 38 games with Texas this season.

Hearn was placed on the injured list on April 26 with left elbow tightness following his Major League debut on April 25 at Seattle.  The first date he would be eligible to return is June 25.

Following today’s transactions, the Rangers remain at the 40-man limit on the club’s major league roster, along with five players on the 60-day injured list: RHP Luke Farrell, LHP Taylor Hearn, OF Scott Heineman, LHP Yohander Méndez, and RHP Edinson Vólquez.

From Rangers PR staff reports