In the second waiver deal of the month, the Rangers have acquired right-hander Tim Wood from the Pirates for a player to be named or cash. They then optioned the reliever to Triple-A Round Rock.
Wood, a 28-year-old who pitched for the Marlins in 2009-10, had a 5.63 ERA in eight innings for the Pirates this year before being designated for assignment Friday. He throws 92-96 mph and shows a pretty good slider, but in 58 innings as a major leaguer, he’s walked 33 and struck out just 28. The Rangers will likely call him up for relief depth in September, but he’ll need to impress then to become a part of their plans for 2012.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”
Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.
The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.
On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.