RHP Wilmer Font got promoted from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday for the first time this season. He made his major league debut with the Rangers last season, allowing two runs in two innings in three appearances. This year, he is a combined 2-2 with 11 saves and 1.27 ERA in 30 combined relief appearances for Double-A Frisco and Round Rock.
RHP Yu Darvish was examined by the team physician in Dallas and there was no further damage with the mild strain in his upper right back, assistant general manager Thad Levine said Thursday. As a result, there was no need to perform an MRI and Darvish is expected to rejoin the team in Detroit on Friday. Darvish will also travel to the All-Star game in New York but he will not pitch. However, he is expected to be available for his next scheduled start July 22 against the Yankees. "It was as good of news as we could have gotten," Levine said. Darvish, who is on the disabled list, was replaced by Tampa Bay LHP Matt Moore on the American League All-Star roster.
RHP Justin Grimm, who will start Friday against Detroit, did not get a decision Sunday against the Astros after allowing just three earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks over six innings. He has not gotten through the sixth inning in six of his past seven starts and allowed three or more runs in that span. He still leads American League rookies in wins (seven) and innings (85 2/3). Grimm is 1-1 with 9.39 ERA in two career starts against Detroit.
LHP Joseph Ortiz was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock prior to Thursday's game against the Orioles. Ortiz has been with the Rangers three times already this season, going 2-1 with a 5.08 ERA in relief. He last appeared Sunday against Omaha when he picked up the save after throwing two scoreless innings.
RHP Ross Wolf into was forced an emergency start Thursday against Baltimore after RHP Yu Darvish went on the 15-day disabled list the previous night with a strained back. Wolf was effective and allowed just two runs on Chris Davis and Brian Roberts homers in six innings. He limited Baltimore to three hits and one walk while striking out three. "I felt fine," Wolf said. "I made two mistakes, and those hitters are supposed to do what they do with mistakes. I felt fine. Unfortunately, we didn't come out with the win. The two solo shots kind of beat us, but other than that, we kept them off-balance."
RHP Alexi Ogando (shoulder inflammation) made his second rehab start Thursday, allowing four runs in four innings for Triple-A Round Rock. He is expected to make at least one more, possibly two, before being activated.
RHP Josh Lindblom was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday after struggling the previous night in his start against the Orioles. Lindblom (1-3, 5.46) gave up six runs on nine hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out one in the 6-1 loss.