NEW YORK -- Jim Adduci was activated from the disabled list on Monday and immediately added to the Rangers' lineup against the Yankees, starting in left field. Manager Ron Washington said Adduci will be used both in the outfield and at first base.
"Stay healthy and play, and we'll see what he can do," Washington said. "Before he was hurt, he was doing really good. He has had enough rest, so he should be really strong."
Washington said that Adduci, a left-handed hitter, could platoon at first base with J.P. Arencibia once Alex Rios is back in the lineup. Washington said there will also be times when Adduci and Arencibia will both be in the lineup, as they were on Monday.
Adduci was 6-for-13 with three RBIs in nine games after making the Rangers out of Spring Training as a reserve outfielder. He sustained a fractured little finger on his left hand on April 17 and was sidelined until June 3. He was sent on rehab assignment and played in five games before re-injuring the finger, thereby doubling the amount of time he missed.
It was valuable time missed. With all of the other injuries that have clobbered the Rangers, Adduci missed the same chance that catcher Robinson Chirinos has been getting to prove that he is more than a career Minor League player.
"I'm here now with a chance to play and show what I can do," Adduci said. "You just have to be patient through this type of injury. It was just a freakish thing."
To make room for Adduci, the Rangers optioned rookie right-hander Matt West back to Triple-A Round Rock. That leaves the club with seven relievers in the bullpen.
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.