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July 01, 2011

Rangers notes: Tommy Hunter in bullpen tonight

The Rangers have taken their first stab at upgrading their bullpen, activating Tommy Hunter from the 15-day disabled list and designating Dave Bush for assignment. Another move could come as soon as Saturday with Darren O'Day being activated from the 60-day DL.

Hunter touched 97 mph during the ninth inning of his final rehab appearance Thursday night for Triple A Round Rock. He earned the save with a flawless inning. The Rangers don't have a set role for Hunter in mind, but he will be available tonight in the opener against Florida.

Relieving isn't completely foreign to Hunter, who closed in college at Alabama and also served as a reliever in the Cape Cod League and for Team USA. The Rangers like his arm's durability, and the mid-90s fastball could play well late in games if he can locate it.

O'Day pitched two innings ahead of Hunter on Thursday, so activating him today made no sense. He could be ready to go Saturday, though. The Rangers have a spot available on the 40-man roster, but will have a tough choice to make on the 25-man roster.

-- Jeff Wilson

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Bring up Chris Davis and send down Chavez or Murphy

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