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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers designated outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment on Tuesday to make room for pitcher Nick Tepesch on the roster. The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release or put Borbon through outright waivers.

General manager Jon Daniels said the club will try to trade Borbon to another Major League team that needs outfield help.

"I think he's better than a lot of guys out there," Daniels said. "We had teams in Spring Training that checked on him, but we weren't in any rush. He's a big leaguer, we just don't have a spot for him at this time. But he belongs in the big leagues, it just depends on the interest and how other teams value him. We'd like to get a good return on him and find the right place for him."

Borbon made the Opening Day roster as an extra outfielder because the Rangers didn't need to put Tepesch on the roster until Tuesday. Tepesch made the rotation as a non-roster player in Spring Training, and Tuesday was the first time the Rangers needed a fifth starter.

Borbon, who played in just one game, did not play in the big leagues last year. But he played in 215 games for the Rangers in 2009-11 and has a career batting average of .283, with a .324 on-base percentage and a .358 slugging percentage. He also has 40 career stolen bases.

There is still a possibility that Borbon could clear outright waivers and be assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers got Nelson Cruz through outright waivers at the beginning of the 2008 season and Marlon Byrd in '07. Both ended up at Triple-A before working their way back to the big leagues to enjoy productive careers.

"We hope we don't get to that point for Julio's sake," Daniels said. "He deserves the right to play at the big league level."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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