Former Baylor pitcher Logan Verrett was claimed on waivers Thursday by the Texas Rangers, who could open the season with three relievers on the disabled list.
The right-handed Verrett was a Rule 5 pick by Baltimore and had an impressive spring, allowing three earned runs in 14 innings. Though a starter throughout his minor-league career, Verrett will be in the Rangers’ bullpen for the season opener Monday at Oakland.
The Rangers like that Verrett is a plus strike-thrower who can work multiple innings. They were lacking a true long reliever before claiming him.
Tanner Scheppers (right ankle), Kyuji Fujikawa (right groin) and Shawn Tolleson (forearm) are all candidates to start the season on the DL. Of the three, Tolleson is the most likely to avoid it.
Jon Edwards and Keone Kela were thought by many to have locked up roster spots during spring training.
To make room for Verrett (back) on the 40-man roster, the Rangers placed outfielder Antoan Richardson on the 60-day disabled list.