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April 30, 2013

Rangers notes: A.J. Pierzynski, Mike Olt, Cody Buckel, Randy Wells, Joseph Ortiz

A.J. Pierzynski won't play Tuesday in the Rangers' first game against his former team, and he might not play Wednesday against the White Sox because of a sore right oblique muscle.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said that the injury is one that Pierzynski has dealt with the past "four or five" seasons and knows how to play with it. Washington knows that the Rangers don't have much catching depth in the system, so he is playing it safe with Pierzynski.

Pierzynski is available to pinch-hit.

From the minors, third baseman Mike Olt has been out of the lineup at Triple A Round Rock since Thursday because of vision problems. General manager Jon Daniels didn't get into specifics, but Olt was in Arlington on Tuesday visiting doctors. Daniels also didn't want to draw the logical conclusion that vision problems have contributed to Olt's lousy start to the season (.139).

Right-hander Cody Buckel, who has stumped the Rangers with his sudden inability to throw strikes, has been moved from the Double A Frisco rotation to the bullpen. The Rangers considered sending him to extended spring training but felt that continuing to compete in a team environment would serve Buckel better.

Randy Wells, who just missed out on the No. 5 spot in the Rangers' rotation in spring training, has retired. He was at Triple A Round Rock, and gave up seven runs (four earned) in 2 2/3 innings Monday. His record was 0-4 with a 6.08 ERA in five starts.

Finally ... Left-handed reliever Joe Ortiz now wishes to be known as Joseph Ortiz, effective immediately.

-- Jeff Wilson


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