Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers announced prior to Wednesday night’s game that the club has recalled left-handed pitcher Locke St. John from Triple-A Nashville.
The club has optioned infielder/catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa to Double-A Frisco, although his stay with the RoughRiders is expected to be brief before he is transferred to Triple-A Nashville this week.
St. John has posted no record and a 6.35 ERA (4 ER/5.2 IP) in 6 relief appearances spanning three stints with the Rangers this season in his first Major League action: June 20-July 5, July 21-August 6, and August 7. His last appearance with Texas was on July 31 against Seattle. He has spent the balance of the season with Nashville and Double-A Frisco, combining to go 5-4 with 4 saves and a 3.97 ERA over 36 appearances. He last pitched with Nashville on Saturday vs. Omaha (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R-ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 23 pitches/13 strikes).
Kiner-Falefa has batted .230 with one home run and 16 RBI over 51 games spanning two stints with Texas this season: Opening Day-July 20 and August 2-20. He was on the Rangers’ 10-day injured list from June 7-July 19 with a right middle finger sprain. Kiner-Falefa has combined to bat .270 (20-74) with 2 home runs and 13 RBI over 21 games with Nashville and Frisco (AA) spanning injury rehabilitation assignments and his option to the RoughRiders on July 20.
Following these transactions, the Rangers still have 40 players on the club’s Major League roster, along with seven players on the 60-day injured list: LHP Jesse Biddle, RHP Luke Farrell, LHP Taylor Hearn, RHP Nate Jones, LHP Yohander Méndez, LHP Jeffrey Springs, and RHP Edinson Vólquez.
MÉNDEZ AND CARPENTER TO NASHVILLE
The injury rehabilitation assignment of left-handed pitcher Yohander Méndez has been transferred from Frisco to Nashville and Méndez will be available for tonight’s game at Oklahoma City. Méndez has combined to post no record and a 4.91 ERA (6 ER/11.0 IP) over 7 relief appearances with the Arizona League Rangers and Frisco during his rehab assignment. He has been on the 60-day injured list for the entire season with a left elbow UCL sprain.
Additionally, right-handed pitcher David Carpenter, who was designated for assignment by Texas on Monday, has been assigned outright to Nashville.
From Rangers PR staff reports