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Rangers reinstate Eric Hurley from 15-day disabled list07/27/2008 2:56 PM ET
OAKLAND -- The Texas Rangers announced today that right-handed pitcher Eric Hurley has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. To make room on the roster for Hurley, the team has optioned catcher Max Ramirez to Double-A Frisco.
Hurley, 22, has been on the disabled list since July 8 with a strained left hamstring, a move retroactive to June 30. He was activated this morning in order to make his scheduled start today against the Oakland Athletics at McAfee Coliseum. The rookie has gone 1-1, 3.57 (9 ER/22.2 IP) with seven walks and 12 strikeouts in four starts for the Rangers this season. Hurley has taken the mound to start the 6th inning in each of his four outings, completing a full 6.0 frames twice. He last pitched on June 29, earning his first major league victory in a 5-1 Texas win over Philadelphia at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1 ER/5.2 IP). The former first round draft pick opened the season with Triple-A Oklahoma in the Pacific Coast League, going 2-5, 5.30 (44 ER/74.2 IP) with 29 walks and 72 strikeouts over 13 starts for the RedHawks.
Ramirez, 23, was originally recalled from Frisco on June 21 and has batted .233 (10-for-43) with one double, two home runs and nine RBI in 13 games for Texas. The rookie backstop has made eight starts behind the plate, throwing out three of 15 (20.0%) potential base stealers. Entering the season, Ramirez was tabbed as the Rangers' 13th-best prospect by Baseball America and was named to the 2008 World Team for Major League Baseball's All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium, although he did not participate due to his active status with the Rangers. In 67 games for the RoughRiders this season, he has batted .363 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI. At the time of his recall, Ramirez led the Texas League in batting average, on-base percentage (.457) and slugging percentage (.662). He was also tied for the league lead in home runs, ranked second in extra-base hits (35), fourth in runs (49) and sixth in RBI.
With these moves, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.
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