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7/11/02

Texas Rangers Announce Several Roster Moves

The Texas Rangers announced several roster moves that are effective for Thursday night, when the team opens the second half of the 2002 season in Minnesota.

The moves are as follows:

  • Activated outfielder Rusty Greer from the 15 day disabled list
  • Activated lefthanded pitcher Rich Rodriguez from the 60 day disabled list
  • Purchased the contract of outfielder Ruben Rivera from Oklahoma of the Pacific Coast League
  • Announced that catcher Todd Greene has cleared waivers and been offered outright assignment to Oklahoma
  • Designated infielder Donnie Sadler for assignment
  • Sent outfielder Gabe Kapler on rehab assignment to Oklahoma

Texas will make one more roster move prior to Thursday night's game to make room for the three new players. The spots on the 40 man roster for Rodriguez and Rivera were made with the removal of Greene and Sadler from the 40 man roster. Texas remains at the 40 man limit.

Rodriguez was acquired from Atlanta on March 25th and opened the season with the Rangers, going 0 - 1 with a 20.25 ERA in three appearances. He was placed on the 15 day DL on April 6th with a circulation problem in his left shoulder that required surgery on April 10th. The lefthander was moved to the 60 day DL on April 9th.

Rodriguez was sent on rehab assignment on June 27th and posted a 10.13 ERA in six total appearances with Tulsa and Oklahoma.

Greer has been disabled since June 4th with a lower back hyperextension and bone bruise, sustained when making a catch on June 2nd against the Kansas City Royals. He was assigned to Tulsa on rehab on July 1st and batted .412 (7 - 17) with one RBI in six games. Greer is batting .298 with one homer and 17 RBI in 50 games in 2002.

Rivera has combined for a .300 (91 - 303) average with 17 homers and 66 RBI in 86 games with Tulsa and Oklahoma this season. He was signed to a Tulsa contract on March 31st and batted .312 with 10 homers and 43 RBI in 59 games with the Drillers. Rivera is still tied for fifth in the Texas League in homers. The righthanded batter was promoted to Oklahoma on June 12th and is hitting .276 with 7 homers and 23 RBI in 27 games with the RedHawks.

Rivera has a career major league average of .218 (301 - 1378) with 58 homers and 185 RBI in 562 games with the New York Yankees (1995 - 1996), San Diego (1997 - 2000), and Cincinnati (2001). He was signed as a free agent by the Yankees on February 14th, 2002 before being released on March 12th. Rivera had a career high 23 homers with San Diego in 1999 and belted 17 homers with a career best 57 RBI in 2000. He has 27 career outfield assists, including 10 in 2000.

Kapler has been disabled since June 24th with tendonitis in his left wrist. He is batting .263 with 14 RBI in 59 games with Texas this season.

Greene was signed as a free agent on May 16th and batted .227 with 4 homers and 10 RBI in 25 games. As a player with three or more years of major league service, Greene has the right to take his free agency and has 72 hours to report to Oklahoma. Sadler was claimed on waivers from Kansas City on Monday after batting .191 in 35 games with the Royals. Texas has 10 days to trade, release, or outright Sadler to the minor leagues.

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