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.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.