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With Dempster reinstated, Rangers option Martin

With Dempster reinstated, Rangers option Martin

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With Dempster reinstated, Rangers option Martin
ARLINGTON -- Ryan Dempster was reinstated from the restricted list on Monday after missing last week's series against the Blue Jays, and Leonys Martin was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

Dempster made his fourth start since being traded to the Rangers on July 31 in Monday's series opener after missing his scheduled start last Saturday. Roy Oswalt filled in for Dempster, holding the Blue Jays to one run on two hits over 4 2/3 innings in a 2-1 win. It was Oswalt's first outing in a week and first start since Aug. 2. Oswalt will return to the bullpen and get the next couple days off.

The Rangers have 39 players on their 40-man roster and are working with a 13-man pitching staff, leaving manager Ron Washington with only three position players on his bench.

"I'm trying to get used to it," Washington said. "Right now, we're going to try to ride this out, because removing somebody from that bullpen -- they're all doing the job, so we're going to try to ride it a little bit. ... Don't worry about what you don't have. Worry about you do have."

Martin, who was called up from Round Rock when Dempster was placed on the restricted list for personal reasons last Friday, had two plate appearances during his most recent stint. He struck out in the eighth inning of Saturday's victory and walked in the eighth inning of Sunday's win.

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