ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added another rookie pitcher to their bullpen on Sunday, but veteran help is also on the way in Nick Martinez and Keone Kela.The Rangers called up right-hander Nick Gardewine from Triple-A Round Rock and placed third baseman Adrian Beltre on the disabled list. The Rangers were
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added another rookie pitcher to their bullpen on Sunday, but veteran help is also on the way in Nick Martinez and Keone Kela.
The Rangers called up right-hander Nick Gardewine from Triple-A Round Rock and placed third baseman Adrian Beltre on the disabled list. The Rangers were planning to call up Gardewine on Tuesday after Round Rock's season ended, but the bullpen workload on Friday and Saturday necessitated calling him up on Sunday.
"We needed the extra arm right now," manager Jeff Banister said.
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Banister said Martinez is also available out of the bullpen as of Sunday. Martinez threw 75 pitches in his start against the Astros on Thursday, but was bumped out of the rotation when the Rangers acquired Miguel Gonzalez. Martinez will be used in late innings and short relief, Banister said.
Kela has not pitched since Aug. 3 because of soreness in his right shoulder, but he is making progress. He threw off a mound on Friday without issue and will do so again on Monday.
"[Friday] went pretty good," pitching coach Doug Brocail said. "The way he is getting down the mound, the arm angle is good, he's getting closer. He still has to build up strength, but he looks good."
Kela will likely have two more bullpen sessions, including the one on Monday, before he is an option. But the Rangers are hoping to have him back in the next seven days. He is well ahead of Matt Bush, who is sidelined with a sprained right knee. Bush is keeping his arm going by throwing off flat ground, but he is not ready throw off the mound.
Gardewine is the fourth rookie in the Rangers' bullpen, along with Jose Leclerc, Ricardo Rodriguez and Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Gardewine spent the season at Double-A Frisco and was 1-2 with a 2.21 ERA and six saves in 33 appearances. He struck out 13.01 batters per nine innings. He allowed three unearned runs in his only Major League appearance against the Angels, on Aug. 22, when an error by Elvis Andrus set up a three-run home run.
"One outing ... good arm, like the stuff," Banister said. "Need to get him back out there and see mentally how he lets his stuff play."
Rangers relievers have had a blown save in the first two games of the Angels series. Prior to that, they had gone 62 games without a blown save, the second-longest streak in club history.
• Rangers batters have been hit by a pitch 74 times on the season, two short of the club record set in 2015.
• Carlos Gomez was hit by another pitch on Saturday night, extending his club record to 18 and tying Angels catcher Martin Maldonado for the most in the American League. He has 13 since the All-Star break.
• Banister officially confirmed that Gonzalez will start on Tuesday in Atlanta.
• Right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, has cleared outright waivers and been assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.