Strop activated, optioned on same day

Strop activated, optioned on same day

TORONTO -- Right-hander Pedro Strop woke up before the sun had risen Saturday morning to catch his 3 a.m. flight to Toronto -- he was going to the Show.

The 26-year old Strop, who was playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City when he got the call, flew from Oklahoma City to Detroit, then from Detroit to Toronto, arriving in the second inning of Saturday's affair with the Blue Jays -- a game the Rangers lost, 6-0.

Sadly for Strop, the visit was short-lived.

On Sunday, the Rangers activated infielder Joaquin Arias from the 15-day disabled list, meaning Strop would once again be optioned to Triple-A, likely rejoining Oklahoma City at the conclusion of this three-game series with the Blue Jays.

Guillermo Moscoso, who was also called up along with Strop, will stick with the big club to add depth to an exhausted relief corps, which was second in the American League with 121 1/3 relief innings.

With only three players on his bench, and Andres Blanco being the only true infielder, Rangers manager Ron Washington could not justify keeping both Moscoso and Strop around in place of Arias.

"He'll be the guy we can use everywhere," Washington said of Arias. "Gives us more versatility [off the bench]. We only had one guy who could handle the infield, now we have two."

Prior to being sidelined with a lower back strain, Arias was batting .321 over 53 at-bats.