BALTIMORE -- The Rangers called up right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font and left-hander Joseph Ortiz on Thursday. They replace Yu Darvish, who was placed on the disabled list, and Josh Lindblom, who was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.
Lindblom was optioned because he started on Wednesday night and won't be able to pitch again before the All-Star break. This gives the Rangers nine relievers in their bullpen for the final four games before the break. The Rangers wanted the extra reliever with Ross Wolf making a spot start on Thursday night against the Orioles.
"I understand the situation," said Lindblom, who threw 119 pitches on Wednesday. "With Yu being out, me not being able to throw and not knowing how deep Wolf will be able to go, it's part of the game. This is nothing to hang your head about."
This will be Ortiz's third tour with the Rangers. So far, he is 2-1 with a 5.08 ERA in 22 appearances. Font, the Rangers' No. 5 prospect, pitched in three games for Texas last September, but this is his first time up to the big leagues this season. He is 2-2 with a 1.27 ERA and 11 saves over 30 combined appearances for Double-A Frisco and Round Rock this season.
"The more we've put him out there, the more he's hit the strike zone consistently," manager Ron Washington said. "He just has to learn how to pitch. He's got good stuff, it's just a matter of learning how to mix it."