The Texas Rangers announced on Monday that the club has recalled righthanded pitchers Joaquin Benoit and Rob Bell to start the two games of Monday night's doubleheader in Kansas City. Benoit, who starts the first game, has been recalled from Charlotte of the Florida State League and Bell, the second game starter, has been recalled from Tulsa of the Texas League.
To make room on the active roster, righthanded pitcher Hideki Irabu has been placed on the 15 day disabled list, retroactive to July 13th, and outfielder Rusty Greer has been placed on the 15 day DL, retroactive to July 12th. Irabu was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, early on Monday morning after complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath.
He has been diagnosed with having pulmonary emboli, which is a series of small blood clots that have traveled to the arteries of his lungs. Irabu is being given medication and blood thinners to dissolve the clots and is undergoing further tests to determine where the blood clots formed in his body. Irabu is expected to remain hospitalized for two to three days before returning to Texas. It is unknown at this time how long he may be sidelined.
Greer returned to the disabled list after appearing in just one game, Thursday in Minnesota. He was scratched from the lineup on Saturday after having recurring lower back and hip pain. He is undergoing tests and will be examined by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas on Monday. Greer was previously on the disabled list from June 4th - July 10th with back problems.
Benoit is 2 - 0, 3.00 in three games/two starts in three previous stints with the Rangers this season, May 9th - 11th, June 4th - 8th, and June 24th. The righthander is 7 - 3, 3.34 in 14 starts at Oklahoma. He made his last start on Wednesday for Charlotte during Okahoma's All-Star Break, pitching five scoreless innings without a decision. Bell is 3 - 3, 5.96 in nine starts over three stints with Texas this season, April 27th - May 8th, May 27th - June 9th, and June 22nd - July 4th. The righthander is 5 - 0, 3.75 in 10 games/9 starts at Oklahoma. He made his last start for Tulsa on Tuesday during Oklahoma's All-Star Break, pitching eight scoreless innings to defeat Sarasota. Irabu is 3 - 8, 5.74 with 16 saves in 38 games for Texas this season.
Greer is batting .296 with one homer and 17 RBI in 51 games in 2002. In other moves, Texas announced that infielder Donnie Sadler has cleared outright waivers and been offered an outright assignment to Oklahoma of the Pacific Coast League. As a player with three or more years of service time, Sadler has the right to take his free agency and has 72 hours to make his decision. Sadler was claimed on waivers from Kansas City on July 8th and designated for assignment on July 11th without appearing in a game.
The club also announced that righthanded pitcher Danny Kolb has been transferred from Tulsa to Oklahoma on rehab assignment. Kolb, who has been on the disabled list all season with a partial right rotator cuff tear, was 1 - 0, 1.50 in four appearances at Charlotte and 0 - 1, 2.16 in five outings at Tulsa on rehab.