Rangers call up lefty Kirkman for bullpen depth

Rangers call up lefty Kirkman for bullpen depth

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers called up left-hander Michael Kirkman before Sunday's game against the A's.

Kirkman, who was with the Rangers for two previous stints earlier this year, was recalled after Triple-A Round Rock was eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday night.

"Another arm," Washington said. "He's going to give us some length, too."

Washington expects that Kirkman will be the only pitcher to join the team, despite the fact that both Round Rock and Double-A Frisco were eliminated on Saturday, which would free up everyone.

"He's the only one right now," Washington said. "I don't know if there will be any more. I was told Kirkman last night, I haven't talked to [general manager] Jon [Daniels] today, yet. There may not be any more. Probably not."

Since Kirkman is already on the 40-man roster, there was no necessary corresponding move.

In 23 1/3 innings with the Rangers, Kirkman has allowed 19 earned runs for a 7.33 ERA. At Round Rock, Kirkman carried a 5.05 ERA in 73 innings, striking out 84 and walking 37.

While Kirkman was not in the clubhouse pregame, he is expected to be at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for the start of Sunday's game.