The Rangers have claimed infielder/outfielder Renato Nunez off waivers from Oakland and added him to the 40-man roster. He'll join the team Monday in Tampa, Fla.
Right-handed pitcher Tim Lincecum was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Nunez. The Rangers will have to make a corresponding move Monday to make room for Nunez on the 25-man roster. Lincecum can't start a rehab assignment until April 28. He's available to come off the DL on May 28.
Nunez has played in 17 major league games, including eight in 2017. He had 32 homers and 27 doubles in 126 games for Nashville in 2017.
"He's decent athlete," Manager Jeff Banister said, who can play left field, third base and first base. "He's a right-handed hitter with some power."
Nunez was with Triple-A Nashville after injuring his left hamstring in spring training with the Athletics. He was out of options.
Nunez has hit at least 18 homers in each of his last five minor league seasons and has 130 career homers. He was 5 for 30 with one homer and four RBIs in 17 games with the Athletics in 2016-17.