The Texas Rangers announced six roster moves Thursday, including what will likely be an overhaul of the second base position.
Infielder Luis Sardinas (#3) was recalled from double-A Frisco, earning his second stint with the major league club. Sardinas has seen action at second this year, but will now be expected to fill in at shortstop and third. Though Sardinas has never played third before, the club believes that in a couple days he will get in down, and have it sharp.
Infielder Rougned Odor (#73) had his contract purchased from double-A Frisco, and will be making his big league debut Thursday night. Rangers' fans may not know what to expect from young Roogie, and they aren't alone, but Manager Ron Washington says there is nothing to worry about yet.
"He's never played a day in the big leagues so I don't know what to expect" said Wash. "But I can tell you that he's not going to be phased. We'll help him adjust along the way. As long as he's not scared, he'll get it done."
For Odor, however, there are no doubts that he's ready to play on this level. There's no telling how much time Odor will spend in the bigs, but he will be sure to make the most of every opportunity that arises.
"If they want me here, I'm ready. I knew the call would come sooner or later, and I'm very happy to be here and to fulfill my dream."
Odor will now be the youngest player in the majors, while Sardinas will be the second youngest. It may be a big risk for the Rangers to bring in such young talent, but Washington believes these two have a certain x-factor that have allowed them to reach this level so quickly.
"To go from double-A to the majors, you've got to be special," Washington said. "I guess you could say Sardinas and Odor are special."
The plan for the two young infield prospects is to move Sardinas around and give Odor four or five days a week of playing time, Wash said.
"We feel like Odor can help us on the offensive side," he said. "Right now he's the hottest thing in double-A. Maybe he'll be the hottest thing in the big leagues."
Odor has hit safely in the last nine games for Frisco, batting .421 over that span. He boasts a .279 batting average with six home runs and 17 RBI for the season.
Right-handed pitcher Justin Germano's (#67) contract was purchased from triple-A Round Rock.
Rangers infielder Donnie Murphy was placed on 15-day disabled list with neck strain suffered in Wednesday night's game.
Infielder Josh Wilson and right-handed pitcher Scott Baker were designated for assignment. Baker was with the Big League team for only one game, as his contract was purchased prior to Wednesday's game. He was saddled with the loss in his Ranger debut.
The team has 10 days to trade, release, or outright both Wilson and Baker to the minor leagues.
Katy Clarke contributed to this report.