CLEVELAND -- Triple-A Round Rock pitcher Justin Grimm is not going to be one of the September callups, at least not yet. Instead he has been reassigned to Double-A Frisco, which is going to the Texas League playoffs. Round Rock did not make the Pacific Coast League playoffs. The Rangers want Grimm to pitch in the playoffs, and they want to take a look at him as a reliever for possible duty later in the month at the big league level. "With Frisco in the playoffs and Round Rock not having that opportunity, we felt it was a venue where he could pitch in highly competitive games and be an option for us in the big leagues," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We also want to look at him out of the bullpen to see how he would respond to pitching multiple times in relief over the course of a week."
Grimm began the season with Frisco and went 8-3 with a 1.80 ERA in 14 starts, earning him a promotion to the Major Leagues. He went 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance for the Rangers in late June while Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz were on the disabled list. He was optioned to Frisco on July 7, and shortly thereafter promoted to Round Rock. He went 2-3 with a 4.59 ERA in eight starts and one relief appearance for the Express.