Pitcher Josh Lindblom called up, Kyle McClellan sent down

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The Rangers are hopeful that a roster move made Tuesday will add versatility to the bullpen.

The team recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Lindblom from Triple A Round Rock and designated pitcher Kyle McClellan for assignment.

Lindblom, who went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in two previous stints as a starter this season, gives manager Ron Washington another option, in addition to Ross Wolf, to call in long or short relief out of the bullpen.

Lindblom had pitched in both roles in parts of three seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies prior to joining the Rangers organization in 2013.

“Both can be used in multiple roles,” Washington said. “The thing about them is when they do come out of that bullpen they can give us more than one inning, which is what you like to have.”

Wolf has been sterling in nine appearances, going 1-1 with a 1.27 ERA in 21 1/3 innings entering Tuesday’s game.

The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release or outright McClellan to the minors. The team would like him to stay in the organization, but McClellan has the right to refuse an assignment to the minors.

The right-handed reliever returned ahead of schedule off of shoulder surgery that ended his season in 2012 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

McClellan was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in seven relief appearances since his contract was purchased last month. He had allowed runs in each of his past four games.

“We like a lot of what Kyle has done and is capable of doing,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “He just needs more time to get the arm strength back.

“The long-term prognosis is good. We just felt like he needs a little more time.”

Soria close

Right-handed reliever Joakim Soria could be the next added to the roster, as soon as this weekend.

Soria has been out all of this season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The plan is for him to pitch in back-to-back games at Double A Frisco today and Thursday.

He will be re-evaluated if he successfully passes that test.

“I feel really good,” said Soria, who added that he’s pleased with both his velocity and command. “I’ve been throwing the ball good. My arm feels good.”

Injury report

The Rangers’ clubhouse could easily be confused for an infirmary for injured pitchers. A few updates from Tuesday:

• Lefty Matt Harrison (back) made 25 long tosses from 120 feet before the game on Tuesday. He’s expected to do the same Wednesday and Friday. Harrison said he’s about two weeks from throwing off of a mound.

•  Rangers officials reported no trouble for Colby Lewis (flexor tendon surgery), who threw 37 pitches in a bullpen session. He’ll throw again on Thursday.

•  Alexi Ogando (shoulder inflammation) will throw live batting practice Wednesday in hopes of being ready for a rehabilitation start this weekend, Jon Daniels said.

• Jeff Baker, who tried unsuccessfully to take batting practice over the weekend, saw a hand specialist and received a cortisone shot Monday in hopes of quickening his recovery from a sprained right thumb.

• Designated hitter Lance Berkman (knee) shares the confidence of his manager that he’ll be ready to go Wednesday when the Rangers face Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.

Briefly

• Rangers relievers Neal Cotts (4-1, 0.59 ERA in 15 2/3 innings) and Joe Nathan (11 saves 0.63 ERA, .133 opponents’ batting average in 14 appearances) were selected the team’s co-Players of the Month for June.

• Rangers radio play-by-play man Eric Nadel missed all but the top of the first inning of Tuesday’s game after succumbing to laryngitis, team officials said. Booth partner Matt Hicks was joined by Mike Peasley for the remainder of the game.

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