The Rangers’ John Blake announced on Wednesday that the club placed outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and DH Prince Fielder on the disabled list.
Fielder, 32, is experiencing more neck discomfort. He underwent spinal fusion surgery in 2014 to repair a herniated disk in his neck. He told manager Jeff Banister he was experiencing similar symptoms to those he had prior to the surgery. Fielder will visit Dr. Drew Dossett, who performed the 2014 procedure, on Friday.
Choo, 34, is suffering from inflammation in his lower back. He started on Tuesday for the first time since July 10, the end of the first half, but went 0-for-5. Choo missed over a month between April 8 and May 20 with a strained calf, then strained his hamstring in his first game back on May 20 and wouldn’t return until June 13. Needless to say, it’s been a tough year for the veteran.
The Rangers called up Hanser Alberto and Delino DeShields from Triple-A Round Rock.
SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.
The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.
Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.
Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.
Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.
The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.
He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.
Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.