Rangers activate RHP Michael Lorenzen from injured list, option RHP Yerry Rodríguez to Round Rock

Lorenzen is scheduled to make his Rangers debut with start in Monday’s series opener in Detroit

April 15th, 2024

Houston, Texas — The Texas Rangers today announced the following roster moves prior to Monday night’s series opener against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park:

  • Right-handed pitcher Michael Lorenzen (#23) activated from 15-day Injured List.
  • Right-handed pitcher Yerry Rodríguez optioned Round Rock (AAA) postgame on April 14.

Lorenzen will make his Rangers debut with a start in tonight’s game at Comerica Park in Detroit. He signed a one-year contract with Texas on March 22, 2024, and opened the season on the 15-day Injured List, retroactive to March 25, with a right neck strain. He made 3 starts in injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock, posting no record with a 6.35 ERA (8 ER/11.1 IP). His last outing with the Express came on Wednesday vs. Oklahoma City (4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R-ER, 5 BB, 6 SO, 89 pitches/53 strikes). Lorenzen did not appear in any Spring Training games with the Rangers due to the neck strain.

The veteran right-hander combined to go 9-9 with a 4.18 ERA (71 ER/153.0 IP) over 29 games/25 starts for Detroit and Philadelphia in 2023, when he was selected to the All-Star Game – with the Tigers – for the first time while setting career highs in innings, starts, strikeouts (111), and wins. He produced the 14th no-hitter in Phillies franchise history in his second start with the club on August 9, 2023 vs. Washington, and has served primarily as a starting pitcher over the past two seasons after working out of the bullpen in the early part of his Major League career. Across a nine-year MLB career, Lorenzen has a 40-38 record, 15 saves, and a 4.11 ERA over 342 games/69 starts with Cincinnati (2015-21), Los Angeles-AL (2022), Detroit (2023), and Philadelphia (2023).

Rodríguez has allowed 7 runs/earned runs in 6.0 innings over 6 relief appearances for the Rangers this season after making an Opening Day roster for the first time in his career.

With today’s transactions, Texas remains at the 40-man limit on the club’s Major League roster, along with five players (Carson Coleman, Jacob deGrom, Justin Foscue, Josh Jung, and Tyler Mahle) on the 60-day Injured List.