NEW YORK -- After losing the finale of their four-game series with the Yankees, 4-2, on Thursday afternoon, the Rangers announced that recently acquired veteran right-hander Jerome Williams will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and start on Friday against the A's.
Nick Tepesch, originally scheduled for Friday's start, will be pushed back to Saturday, and Miles Mikolas will take the hill on Sunday in place of Nick Martinez. Yu Darvish, who threw only 67 pitches in Wednesday's rain-shortened loss, will remain on schedule and pitch on Monday against the Yankees, and Martinez will start on Tuesday. A corresponding roster move will be announced on Friday.
The Rangers signed Williams to a Minor League contract on July 11 after he posted a 1-4 record and a 6.04 ERA in 26 appearances out of the bullpen for Houston this season. In two starts for Round Rock, Williams has gone 0-1 with 6.10 ERA, allowing eight runs in 10 1/3 innings.
"We've got to keep who we've got in the bullpen," manager Ron Washington said. "We signed him, we took a look at him and he's ready to go. ... We'll see what he's got to offer."
The move was made so that Tepesch could have another day of rest after throwing 12 pitches in the 14th inning of Tuesday night's 2-1 loss following a bullpen session earlier that day.
"Erring on the side of caution is the way to go," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "You take a kid and ask him to do something out of the box -- to his credit, we really appreciate him taking the ball. The results were not what he wanted, but it is a testament to his character."
"I know Jerome Williams -- faced him enough," Washington said, alluding to Williams' three years with the Angels. "When he's right, he can sink the ball pretty good. He can run it in on right-handers and has got a good breaking ball. So we'll see what he has to offer."
-- Jake Kring-Schreifels