The Rangers announced Monday afternoon that Michael Kirkman has been pitching at Triple A Round Rock while being treated for a form of skin cancer that was diagnosed in January. A full recovery is expected for the 25-year-old left-hander, who can continue to pariticipate in all baseball activities while being treated for the disease.
Kirkman was one of nine lefties vying for a spot in the Rangers' bullpen during spring training. He has a 2-1 record and 6.68 ERA at Round Rock in 11 games/six starts. He is scheduled to start Tuesday against Sacramento, Oakland's Triple A affiliate which currently has Manny Ramirez on its roster.
The diagnosis was made in January by Kirkman's doctors in Florida, where he resides in the off-season.
-- Jeff Wilson