New father Rosales called up to Rangers

BALTIMORE -- Infielder Adam Rosales spent the weekend in Cleveland, where his wife Callie gave birth to a daughter, Juliet. Rosales was planning to re-join Triple-A Round Rock on Monday, but instead found himself in Baltimore with the Rangers.

Rosales was called up when the Rangers decided rookie infielder Luis Sardinas needed to go play every day in Triple-A, rather than a couple of times a week.

Rosales was with the Rangers in Spring Training, but did not make the team, even though he went into camp as the favorite to be the utility infielder. The Rangers had other opportunities to call him to the big leagues, but passed him over until now.

"I wasn't focused on that," Rosales said. "I was just focused on playing every day, making adjustments and focused on winning. When you focus on winning, good things are going to happen, whether you are in Triple-A or the big leagues."

Rosales played 15 games at first base in Round Rock, giving him 143 for his Minor League career there. He has more experience at the position than Donnie Murphy, so he will likely be the Rangers right-handed option there on days when Carlos Pena, a left-handed hitter, sits against tough lefties.

Manager Ron Washington said Murphy will likely be the first option at third base if Adrian Beltre needs a day off and Rosales will be the first option at shortstop if Elvis Andrus needs a day off. Either one can fill in at second base for Rougned Odor.

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.