Gordon handed maiden ticket to Texas

Gordon given maiden shot in Texas

OAKLAND -- Pitcher Brian Gordon is on his way to the Major Leagues.

Gordon was one of four players called up from Triple-A Oklahoma after the RedHawks were eliminated from the Pacific Coast League playoffs Sunday. Also joining the Rangers are pitcher Wes Littleton, catcher Max Ramirez and third baseman Travis Metcalf.

Gordon is the only one of the four who hasn't been with the Rangers yet this year. A converted outfielder like Warner Madrigal, he started the season with the Astros but was released one week into the season.

The Rangers signed him after a tryout, and assigned him to Double-A Frisco, where he pitched 22 innings and gave up just one unearned run. That earned him a promotion to Oklahoma, where he was 4-5 with a 4.56 ERA in 18 games, including 11 starts.

"He's done a good job this year," manager Ron Washington said. "He's a serviceable guy who can pitch multiple innings. We're going to give him the opportunity."

Littleton, who was 7-1 with a 4.01 ERA for the RedHawks, has pitched in six games for the Rangers this season and sports a 7.71 ERA. Ramirez hit .233 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 13 games for the Rangers earlier this season, and he batted .243 with two home runs and six RBIs in 10 games for the RedHawks after missing three weeks because of a hip flexor injury.

Metcalf hit .253 with five home runs and 37 RBIs at Oklahoma, and he is batting .214 with four home runs and eight RBIs in 16 games so far with the Rangers.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.