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Rangers claim Phil Gosselin off waivers from Pirates

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The Texas Rangers on Saturday claimed infielder Phil Gosselin off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock, the team announced. Additionally, fellow infielder Tyler Smith was outrighted to the same affiliated, taking him off the 40-man roster.

Gosselin was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks prior to spring training, then was traded to the Pirates for pitching prospect Frank Duncan.

The infielder was barely a threat at the plate with the Pirates, slashing .150/.190/.175 over 28 games. He played in a career high 122 games last season with Arizona, where he hit .277 with 15 extra-base hits en route to a 0.3 WAR.

He’s the second player in the last few days the Rangers have claimed off waivers from the Pirates after Texas scooped up Jhan Marinez on Thursday.

Smith, 26, was optioned to Triple-A on Friday with Marinez called up. Smith was promoted from Round Rock a few days ago with Nick Martinez demoted to Triple-A as the corresponding move.

The infielder was picked up by the Rangers by way of waiver claim from the Seattle Mariners on July 30, two days after he was designated for assignment. Smith, who made his MLB debut on June 2, was available off the bench for the Rangers on Wednesday with second baseman Rougned Odor, who was drilled by a pitch the day prior, receiving the day off.

The Rangers got in the win column on Friday with a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros. The two AL West teams will marry up again on Saturday, first pitch scheduled for 8:05 ET.

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