Alberto was recalled by the Rangers on Wednesday. Injuries to Prince Fielder (neck) and Shin-Soo Choo (back) forced the Rangers hand Wednesday as they had to call up reinforcements just days after the All-Star break. Alberto will presumably take on Fielder's role but to a lesser extent while he's up with the big league club, meaning he'll add depth at first base while also providing depth in the middle infield spots. During Alberto's 24-game stint with the big league club earlier in the season, he slashed .162/.162/.162 with a 33 percent strikeout rate over 39 at-bats.
Alberto was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. This was the corresponding move for Tom Wilhelmsen getting recalled to join the bullpen. Alberto wasn't going to be playing much now that Rougned Odor has finished serving his suspension and Jurickson Profar has yet to be optioned back to Triple-A.
Alberto is in the lineup and batting ninth for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Alberto is struggling offensively this season, going just 2-for-17 through 13 games. His inability to produce at the plate along with his lack of playing time makes his fantasy value minimal.
Alberto is batting eighth and starting at first base in Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The natural middle infielder gets a rare start in Wednesday's game as the Rangers attempt to put as many right-handed bats in the lineup as possible. Alberto is hitting .143 this season with no runs, RBI or extra-base hits. He replaces Mitch Moreland in the lineup.
Alberto was told that he will make the Opening Day roster, MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports. Alberto's inclusion on the final roster likely means that Pedro Ciriaco won't make the team. Alberto should see time at all three infield spots, but he probably won't get more than a start or two per week, at least at the beginning of the season.
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