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Rangers call up Carlos Pena

Jun 24, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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Signed to a minor-league contract by the Rangers last week, veteran first baseman Carlos Pena is back in the majors as part of Texas’ never-ending need for injury reinforcements.

Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland are both out for the season, so Pena will get a chance to take over at first base. He can still draw walks in bunches and has solid power, but Pena is 36 years old and has hit just .201 with a .678 OPS in 249 games since the beginning of 2012. He hasn’t cracked a .230 batting average since way back in 2008.

He’ll replace 32-year-old career minor leaguer Brad Snyder, who didn’t get much of an opportunity after putting up big numbers at Triple-A. Snyder heads back to the minors with a .167 batting average in 10 games.

  1. shortbusrebel - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    We should just rest every single player so next year maybe half our team might be able to play…

  2. alongthegulf - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    How far the once mighty Rangers have fallen.
    Now we are trying to stuff father time back in the bottle.
    This season is self destructing right before our eyes.

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