Rangers claim Stolmy Pimentel off waivers from the Pirates

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The Rangers have claimed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel off waivers from the Pirates, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rangers have moved Lisalverto Bonilla to the 60-day disabled list with an elbow injury. The Rangers will make a move to create room on the 25-man roster once Pimentel reports, Wilson adds.

The Pirates designated Pimentel for assignment last week. In 42 career major league innings, the right-hander has a 4.50 ERA with a 47/18 K/BB ratio. Pimentel also struggled in spring training, compiling a 4.91 ERA with a 4/5 K/BB ratio in 11 innings. Given the Rangers’ bullpen issues, Pimentel could quickly work his way up the depth chart.

Report: Nationals to call up prospect Carter Kieboom

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Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.

Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.

With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.