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Texas plans to use eight-man 'pen for weekend

Texas plans to use eight-man 'pen for weekend

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Texas plans to use eight-man 'pen for weekend
NEW YORK -- The Rangers are planning to stay with an eight-man bullpen at least through the next series, against the Blue Jays this weekend in Toronto. The earliest they would add a utility infielder would be on Monday, when they open a four-game series with the Orioles at the Ballpark in Arlington. That is also the beginning of an 11-game homestand leading up to the Rangers' next off-day, Aug. 30.

The Rangers still want the extra pitcher to ease the load on their staff, even though their starters have increased their innings total lately.

"When we get back, we'll sit down and see how we go through the current rotation and if the pitching staff can handle it," Washington said.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar -- the Rangers' top prospect, according to MLB.com -- is among the candidates to be called up, although no decision has been made. The Rangers could look outside the organization, but club officials said there is little interest in infielder Yuniesky Betancourt, who was released by the Royals. The Rangers did have some internal discussions about Betancourt but right now aren't interested in signing him.

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