Rangers outfielder Michael Choice was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock and right-hander Nick Martinez was scratched from Tuesday’s start with soreness in his left side. Right-hander Phil Irwin has been recalled to start in his place. The transactions is to be made Tuesday.
In other moves the Rangers announced Monday: Right-hander Roman Mendez has been recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and outfielder Jake Smolinski’s Triple-A Round Rock contract has been purchased.
Infielder Donnie Murphy has been designated for assignment.
Choice, who played at UT Arlington, was batting .177 with 28 RBIs in limited action in his first season with the Rangers.