Bonilla was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers on Wednesday. Bonilla underwent Tommy John surgery in the beginning of April and likely won't be available to pitch until July of 2016. It's unclear where he might slot in with the Dodgers if he returns healthy, but that decision will likely come later in the offseason.
Rangers pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday to repair his injured elbow, reports FOX Sports Southwest. Bonilla, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list Saturday, has been out since spring training when he needed an injection in his elbow to alleviate pain he was feeling. He will need likely be out 12-18 months to recover from the surgery.
Rangers pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The team later confirmed the report. Bonilla was transferred to the 60-day DL Saturday with an elbow injury that remained undisclosed. He received an injection for elbow discomfort at the beginning of the month. Bonilla appeared in five games in 2014 with a 3.05 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings.
The Rangers have claimed right-hander Stolmy Pimentel off waivers from the Pirates on Saturday, per the team's official website. In order to clear space for the 25-year-old on the 40-man roster, Texas has transferred right-handed pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list. Pimentel was designated for assignment by the Pirates on April 5, after posting a 4.91 ERA with four strikeouts and five walks in nine appearances in spring training.
The Rangers open the season with no left-handed reliever in the bullpen, and three potential relievers -- Tanner Scheppers, Kyuji Fujikawa and Lisalverto Bonilla -- on the disabled list. "The bullpen will be a work in progress," manager Jeff Banister said, per The Dallas Morning News. "It was the biggest question mark all spring training." General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers have had some recent conversations about adding a left-handed reliever, but nothing has materialized. "We're going to have to be very good at what our strengths are," Banister said. "We will have to find appropriate matchups. Above all else, we're going to have to throw strikes."
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