The Rangers have released outfielder Kensuke Tanaka, who has not appeared in a major league game this season after earning 30 at-bats with San Francisco in 2013. The 33-year-old Tanaka was batting .258 at Triple-A Round Rock before getting dispatched.
Rangers infielder Kensuke Tanaka was added back to the spring roster Monday in the wake of the news second baseman Jurickson Profar will be out 10-12 weeks with a shoulder injury. The Rangers are looking at all their internal options to replace Profar at second base.
The Rangers made a slew of roster moves Monday, which included demoting pitcher Nick Tepesch to Triple-A Round Rock so he can continue to start. The Rangers also reassigned pitchers Cory Burns, Miles Mikolas and Daniel Bard, catchers Patrick Cantwell and Brett Nicholas, infielders Kensuke Tanaka and Andy Parrino and outfielders Brad Snyder and Bryan Peterson to minor-league camp.
The Rangers have agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder/second baseman Kensuke Tanaka that includes an invitation to spring training, NPBTracker.com reports. Spending his first year stateside in 2013, Tanaka, 32, went 8 for 30 for the Giants last season while hitting .329/.400/.397 with one home run, 32 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 343 at-bats with Triple-A Fresno.
Giants utility man Kensuke Tanaka has been released Thursday. Tanaka was designated for assignment Tuesday, but the team chose to get rid of him. He was hitting a solid .329/.400/.397 line at Triple-A, and could be picked up by another club.