Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon that the club has purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch (pronounced TEHP-esh) from Triple-A Round Rock. To make room on both the active and 40-man rosters for Tepesch, the club has designated outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.
Tepesch, 24, is scheduled to make his major league debut as the starting pitcher in tonight's game against Tampa Bay. He was announced as the club's fifth starter on March 26 in Surprise, but has been added to the 25-man roster for the first time. Tepesch opened the year with Round Rock, earning a win in his lone start on Thursday vs. Omaha (5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R-0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 77 pitches/56 strikes). It was his first career outing above the Double-A level.
The Blue Springs, Mo. native went 0-1 with a 6.50 ERA (13 ER/18.0 IP) in 5 'A' games/3 starts for Texas this spring. He also made his final spring start in a minor league game on March 27. He is in his third professional season since being selected in the 14th round of the 2010 June draft out of the University of Missouri.
The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Borbon to the minor leagues. Borbon appeared in one game for Texas this season, going 0-for-1 with a run scored as a pinch-runner on April 3 at Houston. He has spent his entire career with the Texas organization since being selected in the supplemental first round (35th overall) of the 2007 June draft.
With these transactions, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.