Seattle, Washington — The Texas Rangers announced today that right-handed pitcher Pedro Payano has been recalled from Triple-A Nashville. Payano (#51) is expected to pitch tonight in Seattle following the opening start of left-handed pitcher Brett Martin.
To make room for Payano, first baseman Ronald Guzman has been optioned to Nashville.
Payano, 24, is 5-3, 4.40 (35 ER/71.2 IP) in 16 games/15 starts with Frisco and Nashville in 2019. He opened the season at Double-A Frisco, going 3-1, 4.43 in eight starts. Payano was promoted to Nashville on May 20 and is 2-2, 4.34 in eight games/seven starts with the Sounds. He made his Major League debut on July 6, pitching a scoreless inning at Minnesota in relief before returning to Nashville the following day.
Guzman is batting .193 with 8 homers and 29 RBI in 68 games in 2019. He has started 56 games at first base and one as the designated hitter this season and was on the 10-day injured list from April 7-May 9 with a right hamstring strain.
The Rangers also announced that right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell has been sent on injury rehab assignment to the Rookie League Arizona Rangers and will start tonight versus the Arizona League Athletics Gold team in Surprise. Farrell has been on the 60-day injured list for the entire season after sustaining a fractured jaw and concussion when hit by a line drive in a spring training outing on March 2 versus San Francisco in Scottsdale. He was acquired on a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Angels on January 4, 2019.
Following these transactions, the Rangers remain at the 40-man limit on the club’s Major League roster, along with five players on the 60-day injured list: LHP Taylor Hearn, LHP Yohander Méndez, LHP Jeffrey Springs, RHP Edinson Vólquez, and Farrell.