Rangers notes: Adam Rosales shocked but excited to be with Texas

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Adam Rosales had been with the Oakland Athletics since 2010, but never had he set foot in the visitor’s clubhouse at O.co Coliseum until Friday after being claimed on waivers by the Texas Rangers.

The utility infielder said that the move was a shocker, but he also said that he was excited to be part of an organization that he had watched from afar for several seasons.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity,” said Rosales, who batted only .193 in 50 games with Oakland. “I was surprised. I was shocked but excited at the same time. It’s bittersweet. I felt like I grew up a lot with them, but I’m ready for this new chapter in my baseball life.”

The Rangers had attempted to claim Rosales earlier in the season while on waivers, assistant general manager Thad Levine said, but didn’t have the roster flexibility to make the move.

They have admired how he plays, with a lot of energy, and feel like he will be an easy fit on the club, even though he plays many of the same positions as Jurickson Profar and Jeff Baker.

“We feel like we have three extremely versatile players,” Levine said. “I don’t think we feel like we have a logjam of three utility infielders.”

Bye bye, (Engel) Beltre

The acquisition of Rosales required a spot on the 25-man roster to be cleared, and rookie outfielder Engel Beltre drew the short straw.

He was optioned to Triple A Round Rock, where he will resume an everyday role after playing only sparingly since being recalled June 23. Beltre batted .300 (9 for 30) in 13 games.

“I had a great time here and a good experience with the guys,” Beltre said. “For me, it was an unbelievable time that I’ve been waiting for for a long time.”

Beltre might not be gone long if the Rangers decide he is the best replacement should Nelson Cruz be suspended. Ordinarily a player must wait 10 days before he can be recalled, but that rule is waived if he replaces an injured or suspended player.

What to do with Lewis?

Right-hander Colby Lewis is scheduled to make, what he believes will be, his final rehab start Saturday night for Triple A Round Rock if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks with his triceps tendinitis or surgically repaired flexor tendon.

The Rangers, though, will wait until pitching coach Mike Maddux and head trainer Jamie Reed have their say. The club might also have trouble finding a place for Lewis.

Their rotation has five members who are pitching effectively, though Alexi Ogando has struggled with his fastball command since coming off the disabled list. A former reliever with durability issues, Ogando could be moved to the bullpen for Lewis.

“We recognize after he pitches tomorrow that we’ll have to huddle up and see what the next steps are for him,” Levine said. “Our 12-man staff and five-man rotation right now are pitching extremely well. Any time you’re looking to add a pitcher to the mix, you want it to be an upgrade. We’re going to need to evaluate that.”

Briefly

• Lance Berkman accompanied the Rangers on their six-game road trip and did some light jogging in the outfield Friday. He said that he has noted improvement in his left hip.

• Joey Gallo, the Rangers’ top power-hitting prospect who has been out for a month with a strained groin, will continue a rehab assignment in the Arizona League into next week before returning to Class A Hickory.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JeffWilson

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