The Texas Rangers have optioned left-handed reliever Andrew Faulkner to Triple-A Round Rock, opening up a roster spot for the likely return of outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from the disabled list.
Faulkner was sent down Thursday, an off day for the Rangers. The team said a corresponding roster move would be made Friday before the start of a three-game series in Houston.
Choo appears set to return to the Rangers after being out since April 9 because of a strained right calf. When he goes back to right field, and likely in the leadoff spot, rookie Nomar Mazara is expected to move from right field to left field.
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Faulkner has a 7.94 ERA in eight relief appearances over two stints with the Rangers this season.