Texas sends Mazara (oblique) to IL

Nick Solak called up from Triple-A Nashville

August 20th, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have placed outfielder on the injured list with a strained left oblique muscle and called up infielder from Triple-A Nashville for Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Angels.

Mazara left Monday’s game against the Angels after feeling the oblique in his only at-bat in the bottom of the first. left the game an inning later with tightness in his left hamstring but was well enough to play in Tuesday’s doubleheader. He made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in Game 1 and started Game 2 at first base.

Mazara’s injury is not considered as serious as the strained oblique that sidelined Joey Gallo for 24 days in June. Mazara should be back by the beginning of September, but the Rangers couldn’t afford to be a man short for the doubleheader.

“It makes it really tough and we can’t go one pitcher short,” manager Chris Woodward said. “We need them all.”

Solak was acquired from the Rays on July 13 for pitcher Peter Fairbanks. He can play second base and the corner outfield positions. He played in 30 games for Nashville and was hitting .347 with 10 home runs, 27 RBI, a .386 on-base percentage and a .653 slugging percentage. He was in the Game 1 lineup as the Rangers' designated hitter, and recorded his first big league hit in a 1-for-3 performance.

“I know he can hit,” Woodward said. “He’s a really good right-handed hitter. Stays in the middle of the field, uses the big part of the field, ton of power to right-center, really good strike zone recognition.”

The Yankees originally drafted Solak with the 62nd overall pick in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of the University of Louisville. He was on the Rangers board to be taken, but he went one spot before their second-round pick. The Rangers ended up taking right-handed pitcher Alex Speas with the 63rd overall pick. The next pick belonged to the Mets and they took first baseman out of the University of Florida.

, who started Game 1 of the twin bill, was added to the roster as the 26th player for the doubleheader. Before Game 2, the Rangers optioned right-handers Ian Gibaut and Phillips Valdez to Triple-A Nashville and recalled righty Jonathan Hernandez (from Double-A Frisco) and left-hander (from Nashville).