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Rangers notes: Gallardo says trade rumors no distraction

Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who grew up in Fort Worth and lives near Eagle Mountain Lake, plays catcher for his son Yovani Gallardo, Jr., before Tuesday’s game with the Yankees at Globe Life Park.
Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who grew up in Fort Worth and lives near Eagle Mountain Lake, plays catcher for his son Yovani Gallardo, Jr., before Tuesday’s game with the Yankees at Globe Life Park. Star-Telegram

Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo is no stranger to the business side of baseball. As an ace with the Milwaukee Brewers he was often the target of trade deadline speculation but nothing ever happened.

Then, when he was least expecting it, he was traded to play for his hometown team this past off-season. Gallardo will be a free agent after this season, meaning Texas will have to likely pony up big bucks to sign him. He’s making $14 million this season, the final year of his contract. That has made him a target for some teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, looking to add another dependable arm for a postseason run.

Gallardo understands the business, he says, and insists none of the trade-deadline distractions have contributed to the struggles his past two starts. He’s allowed five earned in runs in four innings in each of his previous two starts. He’ll face the Yankees at 7:05 p.m. Thursday in the series finale. The trade deadline is Friday.

“I just had two bad starts in a row. It just happened to be in July right before the trade deadline,” he said. “Obviously, with the timing we can all say I was worried about a trade, but it’s honestly not [the reason].”

Gallardo has enjoyed playing for the Rangers and would not be opposed to returning for the 2016 season if he is dealt by Friday’s deadline.

“If something were to happen and I don’t finish the year here I’m not going to hold anything against them,” he said. “They’ve treated me well here since Day 1. I’ve enjoyed it. Everybody from up top, the front office, to the coaches and the players. It’s made playing at home a really good experience and everything I expected.”

Still, a possible trade has been on his mind, especially because family and friends have been asking him about the rumors they’ve read.

“It’s one of those things that is out of my control. This is my last year in a contract and I have to go out there and perform. I understand that. It’s how this game works,” he said. “No matter what the situation is I’m going to try to win as many ballgames as I can.”

Bullpen relief

Veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was designated for assignment and right-hander Phil Klein was optioned to Triple A Round Rock before Wednesday’s game.

Relievers Jon Edwards and Alex Claudio were called up to help spell the Rangers’ bullpen, which was spent during Tuesday’s 21-5 loss. Klein pitched three innings Tuesday after throwing two innings on Monday, the day he was recalled from Round Rock. He likely would have been unavailable the next several days.

“It allowed us to at least hold on to the two guys who didn’t pitch last night,” manager Jeff Banister said of Klein.

Rodriguez was 6-4 with a 4.90 ERA in 17 games (15 starts). Since the All-Star break, he was used out of the bullpen.

Corporan takes BP

Catcher Carlos Corporan (torn thumb ligament) took batting practice for the first time Wednesday. He wore a protective bandage but it’s still painful to swing the bat and catch. He’s been out since July 13.

Holland’s rehab

Left-hander Derek Holland will throw two innings (35 pitches) in his first rehab assignment start at Triple A Round Rock. Holland is expected to make a second start for Round Rock five days later, followed by a start at Double A Frisco.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @StevensonFWST

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