The Rangers announced that they’ve activated left-hander Joely Rodriguez from the injured list and placed first baseman Greg Bird on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Aug. 1. Bird’s dealing with a right calf strain.
Rodriguez, 28, is now in position to make his Rangers debut after dealing with lat issues. The former Phillie spent 2018-19 in Japan, where he parlayed excellent production into a two-year, $5.5 million contract with Texas over the winter. Rodriguez wasn’t successful during his previous big-league stint, but if all goes according to plan for the Rangers, he’ll be a steal for their bullpen.
Bird, whom the Rangers signed to a minor-league contract in February, looked as if he would debut with Texas when it selected his contract July 31. Instead, another injury has cut down Bird, who has rarely been healthy during his big-league career. Now 27, Bird looked like a legitimate building block for the Yankees as a rookie in 2015, but availability and production have lacked since then. Bird still hasn’t taken an at-bat as a Ranger, and considering this news, there’s a chance he won’t ever play for the team.