The Rangers announced today that they’ve claimed left-hander Eric Surkamp off waivers from the division-rival Athletics. To clear room for Surkamp on the 40-man roster, Texas has transferred Drew Stubbs from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. Surkamp has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.
In Surkamp, the Rangers will acquire some depth for an injury-ravaged rotation. Texas currently has Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis on the disabled list, with Lewis in particular facing a lengthy absence (two months). The 28-year-old Surkamp made nine starts for Oakland this season but struggled for much of the year and ultimately recorded a 6.98 ERA over 38 2/3 innings. However, he’s posted a strong 3.07 ERA with 10.4 K/9 against 3.1 BB/9 through five Triple-A starts this season and has long shown the ability to succeed at the top minor league level. In 293 1/3 frames in his career at Triple-A, Surkamp has a 3.56 ERA and a strong 274-to-82 K/BB ratio. The Rangers will hope that he’s able to tap into some of that success if he’s needed at the big league level, and if not, he’ll serve as a useful rotation piece for a Triple-A rotation that is currently depleted due to injuries in the Majors.