Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers announced the following roster moves prior to the first game of Tuesday’s split doubleheader against the Los Angeles Angels:
• Infielder Nick Solak (#15) selected from Triple-A Nashville • Outfielder Nomar Mazara placed on 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain • Left-handed pitcher Joe Palumbo added as 26th player for Tuesday’s doubleheader and will start the day game.
Solak (pronounced SO-lack), 24, will be seeking his Major League debut. He was acquired in a July 13 trade with the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Pete Fairbanks. Since the trade, Solak has batted .347/.386/.653/1.038 (41-118) with 10 home runs and 27 RBI in 30 games at Triple-A Nashville, going 0-for-3 last night at Oklahoma City to end what had been an 18-game hit streak. Overall for the season, Solak has batted .289/.362/.532/.894 (121-419) with a career-high 27 home runs, 19 doubles, 74 RBI, and 79 runs scored in 115 games with Durham (Rays Triple-A) and Nashville.
The right-handed batter has played primarily second base throughout his career, but has also seen significant action in left field and center field. A native of Woodbridge, Ill., Solak was selected by the New York Yankees out of the University of Louisville in the second round of the 2016 June draft. He was acquired by the Rays from the Yankees in a three-team trade that also involved the Arizona Diamondbacks on February 20, 2018.
Palumbo, 24, has allowed 11 runs in 9.0 innings over 3 games/2 starts across three one-day stints with Texas this season (June 8, June 19, July 7) in his first career Major League action:. He has spent the balance of the campaign at Frisco and Nashville, posting a 3-0 record with a 3.01 ERA (27 ER/80.2 IP) in 17 games/16 starts, compiling a 1.128 WHIP figure and 12.0 strikeouts per 9 innings. Palumbo, who missed almost two weeks on the injured list with a left ankle injury from July 23-August 3, has made 4 starts with Nashville since his last appearance with Texas on July 7 at Minnesota. He has a 2-0 record with a 2.04 ERA (4 ER/17.2 IP) in those 4 starts, as opponents have batted .107/.206/.250/.456 with 6 walks and 25 strikeouts in that span.
Mazara sustained the injury in Monday’s game versus Los Angeles, feeling it originally on a swing and then aggravating it on a sliding catch in right field. He is batting .268 with 17 homers and 62 RBI in 109 games this season.
Following these transactions, the Rangers have 40 players on the club’s Major League roster, along with seven players on the 60-day injured list: LHP Jesse Biddle, RHP Luke Farrell, LHP Taylor Hearn, RHP Nate Jones, LHP Yohander Méndez, LHP Jeffrey Springs, and RHP Edinson Vólquez.