HOUSTON -- In a paperwork move, Nick Tepesch has joined the short list of players who will be called up in September when the rosters are expanded to up to 40 players.
Tepesch was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Robbie Ross Jr., who was recalled on Saturday to start against the Astros. The move has no impact on Tepesch's schedule, it was just a convenient way to make room for Ross.
Since Round Rock's season ends on Monday, Tepesch can be recalled on Tuesday. The Rangers aren't expected to call up many players.
Ross and infielder Ryan Rua were expected to be called up but are already here. That leaves pitchers Lisalverto Bonilla and Spencer Patton as the likely additions to the bullpen and infielder Luis Sardinas as the only position player.
The Rangers aren't expected to add an extra catcher as is customary in September. Tomas Telis and Robinson Chirinos will continue to share the duties with J.P. Arencibia available in an emergency.
Outfielder Jake Smolinski might be able to join the Rangers before the season is over. He is on the disabled list with a small fracture in his left foot and has just resumed baseball activities.
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.