Rangers pitcher Michael Kickham has cleared outright waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Round Rock, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Kickham was claimed by the Rangers off waivers Monday, with the team transferring Ryan Rua to the 60-day disabled list to clear a 40-man roster spot. With Kickham now clearing waivers, the Rangers have a free 40-man roster spot to use when needed.
The Rangers have claimed pitcher Michael Kickham off waivers from the Mariners and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock, the team announced Monday. Kickham was designated for assignment Monday by Seattle after making five starts in Triple-A, posting a 7.29 ERA with an 0-2 record. In addition, Texas has transferred outfielder Ryan Rua to the 60-day DL with an ankle injury. Rua suffered an ankle sprain in early in the season and has been out of action since. Rua hit .235 with one run scored in 17 at-bats.
To make room for pitcher Joe Beimel and shortstop Chris Taylor, who were both called up from Triple-A Monday morning, the Mariners have designated for assignment pitcher Mike Kickham, reports MLB.com.M's outfielder Austin Jackson (ankle) was added to the 15-day disabled list on Monday.Kickman was pitching in Triple-A for the Mariners this season, going 0-2 with a 7.29 ERA in five starts.
The Mariners cut 10 players on Sunday. LHP Danny Hultzen, LHP Mike Kickham and outfielder Julio Morban were all optioned to Triple-A. Hultzen didn't give up a run in one hitless inning this spring. Kickham walked four but didn't give up an earned run in 3.1 innings. Morban hit .111 this spring. Reassigned to minor league camp were RHP Sam Gaviglio (7.71 spring ERA), Stephen Landazuri (0.00 ERA in 2.2 innings) and Forrest Snow (12.00 ERA), outfielder Jordy Lara (.231 spring average) and catchers Steven Baron (0-for-1), Mike Dowd (2-for-4) and Tyler Marlette (3-for-5).
The Cubs announced they acquired minor league pitcher Lars Huijer from the Mariners. In exchange, Chicago shipped recently-DFA'd pitcher Michael Kickham to Seattle, per the team's official website. In order to make room for Kickham, the Mariners have designated pitching prospect Anthony Fernandez for assignment, per MLB.com. Kickham owns a 10.98 ERA over 30 1/3 career innings. Huijer went 6-9 with a 5.08 ERA while pitching at the Class A level.
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