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Texas Rangers make new roster changes after Corey Seager’s injury

Texas Rangers make new roster changes after Corey Seager’s injury

The Texas Rangers reshuffled their deck, but will that improve their hand?

Infielder Jonathan Ornelas was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and left-handed reliever Brock Burke was optioned to Round Rock.

It is Ornelas’ second trip to the Major Leagues in 2024. He was briefly with the club on May 6 and 7. He went 0-for-1 in one plate appearance. With Round Rock, Ornelas is hitting .249 with eight doubles, three triples, three home runs and 22 RBIs in 62 games.

Ornelas, 24, was a third-round pick in the 2018 draft. He has started 38 games at shortstop in Round Rock but can also play third base and the outfield. Ezequiel Duran, who had helped cover third base and shortstop with third baseman Josh Jung injured and Corey Seager needing days off and missing a week with a hamstring strain, was optioned to Round Rock earlier this week because of a hit that caused him to have bat issues. The Rangers would apparently prefer to give Ornelas a chance now that Seager could be out for several games after being hit on his left wrist by a pitch in Saturday’s game.

Burke, 27, has struggled since returning from the injured list on June 11 and has a 7.45 ERA in 9 2/3 innings in 2024. He fractured his non-throwing right hand while punching a locker room door after a poor performance in Houston in April that landed him on the IL.

The Rangers have lost six straight games heading into their series finale against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night.

On Sunday morning, the Rangers acquired right-hander Josh Mollerus from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander Yerry Rodriguez. Mollerus was assigned to high-class Hickory.

Mollerus, 24, was 1-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 29 innings for High-A Vancouver in the Northwest League. He averaged 13.3 strikeouts per 9 innings with 19 walks in 29 innings. Mollerus was a 2023 10th-round draft pick out of Oregon after previously pitching four seasons in San Francisco.

Rodriguez, 25, was designated for assignment Wednesday after going 1-0 with a 6.88 ERA in 17 innings. He has 12 strikeouts and 11 walks in 12 appearances over three stints with the Rangers this season, including his last one from June 18-22.

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