"He is a guy who has impressed each time he has come over," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "As we build our 12-man staff and moved relievers into the rotation, we have not left ourselves with many multi-inning options."
Right now, the Rangers bullpen includes right-handers Joakim Soria, Ogando, and Jason Frasor, and left-hander Neal Cotts. Ogando is the only pitcher from that group who can consistently pitch multiple innings in an outing. Shawn Tolleson may make the team as a right-handed setup reliever as well.
McCutchen's best year with the Pirates was in 2011 when he was 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA in 73 games. He has allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings in Cactus League games this spring, allowing three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. He allowed one run in two innings against the Athletics on Monday.
"They called me yesterday and told me to pitch a couple innings in the big league game," McCutchen said. "They called last night and said move over here [to the Major League clubhouse]. So obviously it was unexpected. Better late than never. I don't know what the picture is, who has spots and who doesn't. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing and see what happens."
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.