Rangers option Bird; lefty Martin called up

April 19th, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers optioned left-handed reliever to Triple-A Nashville and called up left-hander on Friday before opening a three-game series with the Astros.

Martin, who has yet to make his Major League debut, has made six appearances for Nashville and allowed one run in eight innings. He has given up seven hits and three walks while striking out 10.

Martin also impressed the Rangers in big league camp this spring. He appeared in seven Cactus League games and did not allow an earned run (four unearned allowed) over nine innings. He allowed eight hits and three walks while striking out 11.

Bird, acquired from the Rays as part of the three-team Jurickson Profar trade last offseason, made the Rangers' roster on Opening Day and made five appearances in his first stint in the Major Leagues. Over 5 1/3 innings, he allowed four runs on four hits and seven walks while striking out three.

Bird did earn his first Major League save by recording the final two outs in a 5-2 win over the D-backs on April 10.

Rangers announce final series ticket details

The Rangers announced the details of the individual ticket on-sale for the final three regular-season games to be played at Globe Life Park in Arlington from Sept. 27-29 against the Yankees.

Individual tickets for all three games will go on sale at 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday, May 1, exclusively at texasrangers.com.

Individual tickets for the Yankees series will be available as part of a three-game ticket package in which fans can select one Yankees game and any other two games on the remainder of the Rangers' 2019 home schedule played between May 1 and Sept. 26. There is a limit of 19 tickets per individual Yankees game that can be purchased through the online sale.