Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers today announced that right-handed pitcher Matt West has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
To make room for West on the 40-man roster, infielder Jeff Baker has been designated for assignment.
The move was made in order that West may be on the active roster for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League. West spent the majority of the season on the High-A Myrtle Beach disabled list continuing his rehab from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on August 22, 2012. He was recalled and placed on the 60-day DL in a paperwork move on August 20. He made one appearance on rehab for the Arizona Rangers during the regular season and then participated in the Arizona Instructional League before joining the Saguaros.
The 22nd Arizona Fall League season opened on Tuesday. West is one of seven Ranger minor leaguers played for the Surprise Saguaros, joining pitchers Ryan Harvey, Will Lamb, and Nick McBride, catcher Jorge Alfaro, and infielders Brett Nicholas and Ryan Rua.
Baker batted .279 with 11 homers and 21 RBI in 74 games for the Rangers this season, his first year with the club. He is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2013 season.
GENTRY NAMED RANGERS PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER: Outfielder Craig Gentry was selected Rangers Player of the Month for September by media members who cover the team on a regular basis. He batted .354 (23-65) last month with 10 stolen bases, 10 runs, 2 doubles, a triple, 5 RBI, and 4 walks. His 10 steals in September were tied for the American League lead, while the .354 average ranked second in the league.