Rangers add C Carlos Perez to active roster, recall LHP Yohander Mendez

The Texas Rangers announced the following roster moves prior to tonight's homestand opener against the Boston Red Sox.

May 3rd, 2018

Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Rangers announced the following roster moves prior to tonight's homestand opener against the Boston Red Sox:

Pérez was received on a waiver claim from the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday and has been added to the 25-man roster after joining the club today. The 27-year-old batted .143 (3-21) in 8 games/6 starts at catcher for Atlanta this season, throwing out 2 of 5 attempted base stealers. He was designated for assignment by the Braves on April 27 after being acquired in a March 31 trade with Los Angeles-AL after the Angels had designated him for assignment on March 27. A career .221 hitter in the major leagues, Pérez has thrown out 52 of 136 (38.2%) runners attempting to steal against him.

Méndez is seeking his first major league action this season after spending the campaign at Round Rock, where he has gone 0-3 with a 6.66 ERA (18 ER/24.1 IP) in 5 games/starts. Pacific Coast League opponents have batted .302 with 14 walks and 15 strikeouts against Méndez in 2018. He posted no record and a 2.92 ERA (4 ER/12.1 IP) over 6 games/2 starts for the Rangers this spring before he was optioned to Round Rock on March 18. A September call-up for Texas in both 2016 and 2017, Méndez has gone 0-1 with a 7.63 ERA (13 ER/15.1 IP) in 9 career major league games, all in relief.

The Rangers have 7 days to trade, release, or outright Centeno the minor leagues. The club's backup catcher all season to this point, Centeno has batted .162 (6-37) with one home run and 3 RBI in 10 games/9 starts for the Rangers.

Gardewine posted 2.0 scoreless innings on Wednesday at Cleveland after being recalled prior to the game. He has allowed 2 runs in 5.0 innings over 3 relief appearances spanning 2 stints with the Rangers this season (March 31-April 1, May 2).

Following these transactions, the Rangers have 39 players on the major league roster along with 6 players on the 60-day disabled list.