ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers on Monday exercised the option on right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama's contract.
The Rangers will pay Tateyama 1 million for the 2012 season.
The veteran from Japan was signed by the Rangers in the offseason and started the season in Triple-A. He was recalled by the Rangers in May. Tateyama, 35, went 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 39 appearances with the Rangers.
Texas general manager Jon Daniels said Tateyama saved the team with his pitching over the summer. He had 43 strikeouts and walked just 11. He didn't issue a walk to the first 53 batters he faced.
Tateyama was on the team's roster for the American League Championship Series and pitched in one game against Detroit.
Earlier in the day, the Rangers exercised the option on starting pitcher Colby Lewis.