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.

Alex Wood to try pitching out of the stretch

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Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports that Dodgers starter Alex Wood plans to pitch out of the stretch throughout the 2018 season. Wood got the idea when he watched Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg pitch against the Dodgers.

Wood, 27, finished last season 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA and a 151/38 K/BB ratio in 152 1/3 innings. That’s a mighty fine season, one in which many pitchers would not dare to mess with something that isn’t broken.

Interestingly, Wood indeed has had better results with runners on base — when he would pitch out of the stretch — as opposed to the bases being empty, with a respective OPS allowed of .523 versus .684, respectively. Over his career, he has allowed a .617 OPS with runners on and .706 with the bases empty.

In response to Moura’s tweet about Wood, retired pitchers Dan Haren and Jered Weaver took the opportunity to burn themselves. Haren tweeted, “I pitched a few seasons completely out of the stretch actually, just not by choice.” Weaver responded, “Sometimes I would just step off and throw the ball in the gap myself because I knew the hitter would do it anyways.”