Carlos Pena returns to Rangers
First baseman, who was called up from Class AAA, made major-league debut with Texas in 2001.
The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas — Carlos Pena is back in the major leagues with the team that drafted him in the first round quite a while ago.
Pena rejoined the Rangers on Tuesday, a week after signing a minor-league deal and going to Class AAA Round Rock, and 13 years after making his major-league debut with Texas. He was the 10th overall pick in 1998. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in an 8-2 loss to Detroit.
“God is good, man. Here I am, where it all started for me and it’s truly very special,” Pena said before the home series opener against Detroit on Tuesday night, when he was batting sixth and playing first base. “Just to think back where it all started. ... This is crazy. I was looking at a picture I had of my first at-bat ever, and it was with a Rangers uniform. My wife sent it to me this morning.”
The Rangers designated first baseman/outfielder Brad Snyder for assignment when they purchased the 36-year-old Pena’s contract from Round Rock.
In seven games at Round Rock, Pena hit .333 (8 for 24) with one home run.
• The Philadelphia Phillies have signed three-time All-Star Grady Sizemore, the former standout at Cascade High in Everett, to a minor-league contract.
Sizemore batted .216 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 15 RBI for Boston this season. He was released by the Red Sox on June 18. The Phillies assigned him to Class AAA Lehigh Valley.
• The Oakland Athletics have recalled outfielder Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list and placed first baseman Kyle Blanks on the DL because of a left calf strain.
• Shortstop Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup because of a right shoulder injury that has been bothering him for more than two weeks.