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July 10, 2014

Rangers look for relief with Matt West callup

Phil Irwin has been sent to Round Rock.

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The Rangers optioned right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin to Triple-A Round Rock and recalled right-hander Matt West, who joined Texas’ beleaguered bullpen on Thursday night.

The bullpen has allowed multiple runs in seven of the last eight games and as a unit has recorded a 6.18 ERA over that span. Jason Frasor gave up two runs on Tuesday.

The Rangers have used 27 pitchers, including Mitch Moreland, this season, tied with the Angels for most in the majors. The bullpen ranks fourth in the AL with 290 1/3 innings pitched this season.

West was originally drafted out of Houston’s Bellaire High School in 2007 as an outfielder before converting to a pitcher in 2011. The 25-year-old was a combined 4-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 27 relief appearances with Double-A Frisco and Round Rock.

West, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012, has never played above Class A before this season.

“He’s throwing the ball well,” manager Ron Washington said. “I think we always had aspirations for him and now he gets his chance at the big leagues.”

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