Oakland, CA — The Texas Rangers today announced that the contract of catcher John Hicks has been selected from Round Rock of the Triple-A West League, Hicks (#6) will be in uniform for tonight’s game in Oakland.
To make room on the active roster, outfielder Jason Martin has been optioned to Round Rock. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Shaun Anderson, who was on option at Round Rock (Triple-A West) has been designated for assignment.
Hicks, 31, will be seeking his Rangers debut and first MLB action since 2019. He was already on the road trip as the lone member of the club’s taxi squad. Hicks’ only game action this season has come with Round Rock (AAA), batting .275/.352/.440/.793 (30-109) with 3 home runs, 9 doubles, and 17 RBI ove
r 28 games for the Express while making starts at catcher (14), first base (4), third base (3), and in left field (1). He has hit safely in 6 of his last 8 games at Triple-A, batting .313 (10-32) with 2 home runs, 4 doubles, and 4 RBI in that span.
Originally signed by Texas on February 12 as a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training camp, Hicks batted .313 (5-16) with 2 home runs and 4 RBI over 11 Cactus League games and he was reassigned to the minor league workout group on March 18. Hicks appeared in the Majors for five straight years from 2015-19, batting .235 with 28 home runs and 90 RBI over 254 games with Seattle (2015) and Detroit (2016-19). His most recent MLB game came with the Tigers on September 29, 2019 at Chicago-AL. He spent the 2020 campaign at the Arizona Diamondbacks Alternate Training Site.
The Rangers entered the day as one of only five MLB clubs to have used only 2 catchers in 2021, also Cincinnati, Colorado, New York-AL, and Pittsburgh.
Martin is batting .162 with one homer and 4 RBI in 21 games over two stints with the Rangers this season (May 26-June 21; June 27-29). Anderson, who was received on a waiver claim from Minnesota on June 18, has pitched 3.0 scoreless innings in 2 relief appearances since joining Round Rock and has seven scoreless outings (9.0) IP) between St. Paul and the Express.
With today’s moves, the Rangers’ Major League roster remains at the 40-man limit.
From Rangers PR staff reports