Rua was recalled from Round Rock on July 31, but didn’t play during this stint with the Rangers.
The Rangers also acquired infielder Phil Gosselin off waivers from the Pirates. Gosselin, 28, was with Pittsburgh’s Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis, where he posted a .266 batting average in 63 games this season. He was acquired by the Pirates from Arizona in February, but was unable to make his way up the Bucs’ depth chart.
Despite owning a .272 average over 500 at-bats in his Major League career, with six homers and 33 RBIs, Gosselin only received 42 plate appearances in three stints with the Pirates in 2017. During those opportunities, Gosselin hit .150 with two RBIs in 28 games.
The Rangers also outrighted infielder Tyler Smith to Round Rock before the game. Smith was on the Rangers’ active roster on Wednesday against the Mets, but did not appear in the game. He was originally acquired off of waivers from the Mariners on July 30.
With the moves, the Rangers’ 40-man roster remains at 39 players.
ARLINGTON — Cars were parked in every conceivable makeshift parking spot for a handful of blocks in all directions around the Refuge Church in Fort Worth on Saturday, leaving precious few openings to find a place to situate your vehicle. And once you did find a spot, a bit of a walk was required to reach the church.
But for the people who were able to make it, they were treated to Refuge’s Back to School Block Party, which partnered with the Robinson Chirinos and Martin Perez Foundations to give back to the community. Chirinos’ Foundation has been involved for the last four years, and Perez’s Foundation partnered with the Church for the first time this year.
A live band, hot dogs and tacos, a fire truck from the Fort Worth Fire Department and even a rock-climbing wall were present in the church’s parking lot. But the main attraction was waiting inside, where Chirinos, Perez and some other members of the Rangers distributed over 1,500 backpacks to local kids who are gearing up for their return to school.
“I think that not only as a baseball player but also as a person, this is what we really need to be doing — serving the community,” Chirinos said. “I think the time we can … help the community, that’s what we’re doing here today. Giving backpacks, but also just giving your time and also trying to help people in need is something not only us — we — need to do, but everybody that can, that’s the responsibility we have here in the world.”