Japanese RHP Arihara designated for assignment by Rangers

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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kohei Arihara (35) leaves the field after turning the ball over in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Right-hander Kohei Arihara has been designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers. The 29-year-old Japanese pitcher signed a two-year contract with the Rangers last winter. Arihara’s spot on the 40-man roster was filled when right-hander Mike Folytnewicz was reinstated from the COVID-related injury list. Arihara could be outrighted to the minor leagues if he clears waivers. He is due $2.6 million next season. He could also get an invitation to Rangers spring training as a non-roster player. Arihara is 2-4 in 10 starts. He missed more three months after surgery for an aneurysm in his throwing shoulder.

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