Desperate for someone to spark a stagnant offense, newly signed outfielder Carlos Gomez will suit up and start for the Texas Rangers on Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians.
The 30-year-old was designated for assignment by the Houston Astros on Aug. 10, released eight days later and then signed to a minor league contract with the Rangers on Aug. 20.
Gomez will play left field for Texas against the Indians.
Gomez is a two-time All-Star and played a big part during Houston's postseason push in 2015 after the Astros traded for him late in the season. The Rangers were reportedly in on those same trade options, but lost out to Houston.
Gomez has struggled in 2016. In 85 games in Houston, he batted .210 with five home runs.
Not only are the Rangers looking for offensive help, but they're piecing together an outfield that will be without Shin-Soo Choo for potentially the rest of the season. Texas placed Choo on the disabled list after a wild pitch broke his left forearm.