Two of the Texas Rangers’ top performers in spring training didn’t have to wait long for their major league call-up.
Outfielder Carlos Peguero and right-handed pitcher Jon Edwards joined the Rangers’ roster Saturday from Triple A Round Rock.
Edwards, who attended Keller High School, was one of the club’s steadiest hands out of the bullpen during spring training when he allowed four earned runs in 12 1/3 innings. Peguero hit .340 with five RBI in 47 at-bats.
The moves fill voids left by Derek Holland, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a subscapular strain in his left shoulder, and outfielder Ryan Rua, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a right ankle sprain.
Peguero started in right field Saturday night.
“I like it because I’m not here to be walking around,” he said. “We’re here to play and help the team. I’m happy to have the opportunity to play and take advantage of it.”
Peguero got off to a hot start this spring and was batting over .400 until the last week of spring. But he cooled off the last week in Arizona. Ten of his 18 strikeouts came in his final six games. He was sent to Round Rock on April 4 with the directive to get back to using the entire field.
“I’ve been working and trying to be patient and continue the work I did in spring training,” Peguero said.
Peguero has big league appearances with the Royals and Mariners but has failed to stick.
“What happens, happens,” he said. “I try not to think about it because when you think about it you put pressure on yourself.
“Just try to enjoy the game, help the team the best way I can. Do the little things and have fun.”
Edwards had only one appearance for Round Rock. He wasn’t deterred when he learned he wasn’t on the Opening Day roster.
“I felt like I got a great opportunity and I did the best I could do in the spring,” he said. “I thought it was going to be helpful. I didn’t really see it as any kind of negative.”
Right-hander Stolmy Pimentel was claimed off waivers from the Pirates, and right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla (right elbow impingement) was transferred to the 60-day DL from the 15-day DL.
Pimentel, 25, had a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings for the Pirates this spring. He’s expected to join the team Sunday.
Manager Jeff Banister, who knows him from his time with the Pirates, said Pimentel has a big power arm that topped at 95 mph this spring with a plus slider at times. He could go multiple innings, Banister said.
Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo said the back spasms that forced him out of Friday’s game early felt better on Saturday. He was using a massaging device Saturday afternoon and is day to day.
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