The Rangers optioned left-handed pitcher Aaron Poreda to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Joe Saunders to come off the disabled list and make the start Wednesday night in Minnesota. This means Yu Darvish is avoiding the DL.
Wednesday would have been a logical time for Darvish to swap places with Saunders on the 15-day DL.
Poreda's departure, however, was an indication of optimism about Darvish's neck, which caused him to miss his scheduled start Tuesday night. Darvish came to the ballpark Wednesday and reported a vast improvement in how his neck was feeling.
Poreda allowed an earned run in five consecutive outings after maintaining a 0.00 ERA through his first nine games. His season earned run average inflated to 3.38. Poreda faced one batter Tuesday and recorded the out, ending the streak of five outings with a run against him.
With Robbie Ross being moved from the starting rotation back to the bullpen, Texas had three lefties in the 'pen with Ross, Poreda, and late-inning man Neal Cotts. Poreda, whose time with the Rangers was his first stint in the majors since 2009, was the odd man out.
Texas acquired right-hander Phil Irwin off waivers from Pittsburgh Wednesday, and optioned him to Round Rock as well. No roster move was required as the addition of Irwin gave the club a complete 40-man roster.
Irwin has spent all of 2014 with Triple-A Indianapolis in the Pirates' organization. He had ulnar nerve transposition surgery on his right elbow on July 3 of last season, limiting his action to three games in 2013. He has a 1-2 record with an 8.72 ERA in 21.2 innings this year.
Another roster move is looming in the near future when Tanner Scheppers completes his rehab assignment and makes his return to the Texas bullpen.