"With Khalil not being here, we didn't want to be caught short with infielders," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said.
Lemon, a fourth-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, spent last season at Double-A Frisco, where he hit .262 with 56 runs scored, 19 doubles, one home run and 41 RBIs in 126 games and 510 at-bats. He played 38 games at shortstop and 77 games at second base.
Lemon, who doesn't have to be put on the 40-man roster until next offseason, is officially in camp as a non-roster player with an invitation to Spring Training. That's the same status as pitcher Kasey Kiker.
He is the son of former Major League outfielder Chet Lemon, who spent 16 years in the Major Leagues with the White Sox and the Tigers.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.