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July 02, 2013

Rangers notes: Lindblom recalled, McClellan DFA'd; International signings

Josh Lindblom should be getting used to I-35. The right-hander is back for a third stint with the Texas Rangers, this time as a reliever.

Lindblom was recalled on Tuesday afternoon, while the Rangers designated Kyle McClellan for assignment.

Lindblom has been used to make four spot starts this season, but will be in a long man role this time around. He has a 5.40 ERA over his four starts with the Rangers, but a 1.99 ERA at Round Rock.

McClellan, meanwhile, struggled over seven relief appearances, posting a 7.71 ERA. The Rangers would like McClellan to stay in the organization, but that decision is now up to him.

Here are a few other notes:

* Joakim Soria is scheduled to pitch for Double A Frisco on Wednesday, the beginning of scheduled back-to-back days. If all goes well, Soria could join the Rangers on their upcoming road trip to Baltimore and Detroit.

* Jeff Baker received a cortisone shot on his right thumb, and he is hoping it quickens his process back. He also has a new splint for the next 3-4 days.

* The Rangers have reportedly signed three Dominicans today, outfielder Jose Almonte, shortstop Yeyson Yrizarri and pitcher Marcos Diplan, as the international signing period begins. General manager Jon Daniels couldn't confirm any of the signings as the players have yet to pass physicals.

Daniels did say the team did not making any trades or transactions to acquire more cap space for the international signings, as they had a $1.94 million budget.

In mid-June, it was reported that the Rangers had signed left-hander Francis Cespedes that didn't count against this year's international budget. However, MLB has yet to approve that contract.

Regardless, Latin American signings are an integral part of the game nowadays. The Rangers current roster features several July 2 signings, including Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Engel Beltre, Martin Perez and Jurickson Profar. Leonys Martin was a significant Latin American signing, although he wasn't on July 2.

-- Drew Davison

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