The Texas Rangers placed newly acquired right-hander Garrett Richards on the 10-day injured list Thursday, and put former closer Jose Leclerc on the 60-day IL as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery in his right elbow early last year.
Those moves were part of Texas finalizing the 28-player roster for the start of its season Friday night in Toronto. The Rangers also selected the contracts of right-handed relievers Greg Holland and Matt Bush, and utility infielder Charlie Culberson from Triple-A Round Rock after all went to spring training on minor league deals.
Richards, who signed a deal at the start of spring training, is dealing with a blister on his right middle finger. The Rangers plan to use the veteran pitcher as a reliever, a role the former starter had for his final 22 appearances with the Boston Red Sox last season.
Holland is a three-time All-Star reliever who pitched the past two seasons for the Kansas City Royals. The 36-year-old Bush hadn’t pitched since the first week of last season because of right elbow inflammation when he was activated from the 60-day injured list before the finale last October and struck out one in a perfect sixth inning.
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The Rangers acquired outfielder Jeferson Espinal from Arizona in exchange for infielder Yonny Hernandez.
Infielder Sherten Apostel was designated for assignment, while right-hander Spencer Patton and first baseman/outfielder Joe McCarthy were assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.