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August 02, 2013

Rangers add Adam Rosales on waiver claim

The Rangers have plucked infielder Adam Rosales away from Oakland, adding him on a waiver claim Friday morning. The move fills the Rangers' 40-man roster and will require that a spot be cleared on the active roster before Friday's series-opener against Oakland.

Rosales is a right-handed hitter who can play across the infield and has limited experience in left field. He batted only .193 for the A's this season and has only a .220 career average.

The Rangers don't necessarily need to option anyone to Triple A to create room for Rosales. He could take the spot of a player who needs to go on the disabled list or for a player who is suspended. Nelson Cruz fits both categories, though a report has surfaced saying that players tied to the Biogenesis of America scandal will be suspended Monday. Cruz has been bothered by a sore left quad.

Jurickson Profar and Engel Beltre would seem to be candidates to be optioned, though both could figure prominently into the Rangers' plans to replace Cruz. Profar has played left field with mixed results, and Beltre is a plus defender at any spot in the outfield. David Murphy could move to right field, as could Leonys Martin. Martin has the stronger arm of the two.

A more likely role for Profar the rest of the way is to split time between second base, shortstop, third base and designated hitter to help rest Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre to get some rest for the final push. Profar could play as much as five times a week, especially if Cruz is suspended.

-- Jeff Wilson

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