Heim has been out for a little more than a week in health and safety protocols. He’ll now return to the catching group, where he’ll be backed up by Jose Trevino and Yohel Pozo. Acquired from the A’s over the offseason, Heim has hit .208/.245/.370 across 230 plate appearances during his first season in Texas.
Yang was selected last week when the Rangers lost a few players to the COVID IL. Because he was added as a replacement player, he has been removed from the 40-man roster without needing to be placed on waivers. The southpaw made just one appearance over the past few days, tossing two scoreless innings against the Astros on Saturday.
Heim becomes the first player affected by the Rangers’ recent coronavirus spread to make it back. Texas is still without Drew Anderson, Charlie Culberson, Dane Dunning, Mike Foltynewicz, Brock Holt and Spencer Howard because of virus-related reasons.