Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has claimed left-handed pitcher Edwar Cabrera on waivers from the Colorado Rockies. Cabrera, who had been on the Rockies' 60-day disabled list, has been transferred to the Rangers' 60-day disabled list.
Cabrera, who turns 26 on Sunday, did not pitch this past season due to a shoulder injury. He had surgery on his left shoulder on July 10, 2013. He made 2 starts for the Rockies in 2012, his only major league action to date, losing both outings. Cabrera has just 8 career outings above the Double-A level. Since signing as a free agent in 2008, he has gone 26-21 with a 3.13 ERA (174 ER/501.0 IP) in his minor league career. He has averaged 11.1 strikeouts per 9 innings in the minors with a 1.140 WHIP figure, allowing less than one home run per 9. The Dominican Republic native has spent his entire career in the Rockies organization.
With this move, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster, as well as 3 pitchers on the club's 60-day disabled list (Cabrera, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison).
RANGERS IN WINTER BALL: Six players who appeared for the Rangers are scheduled to play in winter leagues during the offseason…INF Jurickson Profar, OF Leonys Martin, OF Engel Beltre are all on the Licey Tigres roster in the Dominican Winter League, while RHP Neftali Feliz is slated to appear for the Este Toros in that circuit…in the Venezuelan Winter League, C/INF Robinson Chirinos is scheduled to play for Magallanes and RHP Wilmer Font is on the Caracas roster.
INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE GAMES COMPLETED: The Rangers played the club's last Instructional League game on Saturday against the Royals…some notes from that circuit in Arizona this year: second baseman Odubel Herrera led all Rangers with a .441 average, .500 on-base percentage, 12 RBI, and 14 runs during Instructional League…shortstop Hanser Alberto led the camp with 9 doubles, batting .407 (22-54) with 10 RBI and 11 runs in 17 games…outfielder Nomar Mazara hit .300 (15-50) with a home run and 7 RBI…his 8 doubles were tied for second among players in Rangers camp…catcher Joe Jackson hit .417 (15-36) with a homer, 3 doubles, 2 triples and 10 RBI, which tied for second-most among Rangers…Jackson, the Rangers' fifth round selection in the 2013 June amateur draft, led the camp with both a .694 slugging percentage and 1.169 OPS figure…catcher Kellin Deglan batted .367 (11-30) with a homer, 9 walks, and 7 runs…infielder Travis Demeritte, a first round selection in the June draft, hit .321 (9-28) with 5 doubles, a triple, and 6 RBI.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE / WINTER LEAGUE UPDATE: C Jorge Alfaro is batting .308 (4-13) with a double and 3 RBI through his first 4 games with Surprise in the Arizona Fall League…the backstop has started 3 games behind the plate for the Saguaros and thrown out 2 of 4 attempted base stealers…RHP Matt West has appeared in relief twice for the Saguaros, recording a pair of strikeouts over 2.0 scoreless innings of work…in the Venezuelan Winter League, SS Luis Sardinas is batting .444 (8-18) with 2 doubles, a triple, 5 RBI, 4 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases over 4 games with La Guaira…2B Rougned Odor has multiple hits in each of his last 2 starts for Magallanes and has hit safely in 3 of 5 starts overall to start the season.