Rangers activate Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and call up Japanese reliever

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As expected, the Rangers activated both Josh Hamilton (arm) and Nelson Cruz (quad) from the disabled list on Monday.  But they also made another move, bringing up reliever Yoshinori Tateyama from Triple-A Round Rock.

The 35-year-old Tateyama, who was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, had a 2.14 ERA and a 26/4 K/BB ratio in 21 innings for the Express.  Righties hit just .186 off him, and the Rangers might be hoping he can do a Darren O’Day approximation in a setup role.

Of course, Hamilton and Cruz will make bigger impacts.  Hamilton is batting third and DHing tonight against the White Sox, while Cruz is hitting sixth and playing left field.

Getting dropped from the roster to make room were infielder Chris Davis, third catcher Taylor Teagarden and right-hander Cody Eppley.

Davis hit .250/.321/.479 with three homers in 48 at-bats during his time with the Rangers, so he didn’t hurt his trade value at all.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.