The Rangers have selected right-hander David Carpenter from Triple-A Nashville and placed fellow righty Jesse Chavez on the 10-day injured list with a posterior impingement in his right elbow, the team announced. Carpenter’s addition puts the Rangers’ 40-man roster at capacity.
This is the second time this season the Rangers have selected Carpenter, whom they signed to a minor league contract over the winter. The Rangers brought Carpenter up at the end of May, only to designate him for assignment and then outright him within the next 10 days. The well-traveled 34-year-old has thrown just 2/3 of an inning in Texas this season. He has, however, registered a 1.82 ERA/3.95 FIP with 9.87 K/9, 3.12 BB/9 and a 46.0 percent groundball rate in 34 2/3 frames at the Triple-A level in 2019.
There’s no word on the severity of Chavez’s injury, but it can’t be reassuring to the Rangers to see a 35-year-old go down with an elbow problem. Chavez, whom the Rangers signed last offseason to a two-year, $8MM deal, has divided the year between their bullpen and rotation. Through 48 appearances (nine starts) and 78 innings, Chavez has pitched to a 4.85 ERA/4.41 FIP with 8.31 K/9, 2.54 BB/9 and a 41.5 percent grounder rate.