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September 01, 2011

Rangers make several moves with rosters expanding

The Texas Rangers announced several moves today with rosters expanding, and have 30 players on the active roster. They are as follows:

* Third baseman Adrian Beltre, who has been on the DL with a left hamstring strain, has been activated. Before going on the DL, Beltre had a .276 average with 20 home runs, 29 doubles and 76 RBIs in 100 games.

* Utility infielder Andres Blanco, who has been on the DL with lower back issues, has been activated. He will only bat right-handed the rest of this season.

* Added catcher Matt Treanor and left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez, both of whom were acquired via trade on Wednesday.

* The Rangers added two players from Triple A -- infielder Esteban German and right-hander Merkin Valdez. German hit .301 with seven home runs and 56 RBIs in 123 games with the Express. Valdez has gone 1-0 with four saves and a 2.35 ERA in 12 relief appearances with the Express after he signed a minor league contract on July 24.

* Round Rock right-hander Pedro Strop was sent to the Orioles as part of the Gonzalez trade. Strop was on the Rangers opening day roster, but went 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 11 games before being optioned to Triple A.

* Infielder Omar Quintanilla was outrighted to Triple A Round Rock after clearing waivers. He appeared in 11 games with the Rangers, recording one hit.

-- Drew Davison

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Merkin Really?

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