Ryan Rua was optioned back to Triple A Round Rock before Saturday’s game, almost two weeks after he was called back up to rejoin the Rangers.
Rua did not get any playing time since being recalled on July 31. Manager Jeff Banister said he talked to Rua about the situation before he left Saturday.
“I love everything Ryan does for us. He is a Major League player. He is a versatile player,” Banister said. “There have been a few tough scenarios for Ryan, but right now pitching in the bullpen is a necessity, having the extra arm this time of year.”
Plus, Banister added, he’d rather have Rua playing every day and staying sharp at the plate.
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▪ Infielder Phil Gosselin, 28, was acquired on a waiver claim from the Pirates and optioned to Round Rock.
▪ Infielder Tyler Smith has joined Round Rock after clearing waivers.