Barnette (finger) will head to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday for the beginning of his rehab assignment, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Barnette was placed on the 10-day DL just about a week ago after spraining a finger on his throwing hand. He will toss one inning of relief Tuesday, followed by two Thursday. Following his three innings of work, the right-hander will be re-evaluated to see if he can join the Rangers by the end of next weekend.
Barnette was placed on the DL on Friday with a sprained finger on his right hand, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
It's unclear when, exactly, Barnette sustained the injury, but the reliever will hit the shelf for at least the next week-and-a-half. The Rangers called up Dario Alvarez from Triple-A Round Rock to bolster the bullpen in Barnette's absence.
Barnette failed to record an out and gave up three runs on two hits and two walks in Wednesday's 13-2 loss to the Astros.
The Rangers trailed by just three runs entering the bottom of the sixth inning, but the team's beleaguered bullpen squandered any chance of a comeback win. After Jeremy Jeffress allowed back-to-back home runs to lead off the inning and then let the next two runners reach base, Barnette was unable to quell the bleeding. In fact, nine batters came to the plate before Dillon Gee, who relieved the right-hander, recorded the Rangers' first out of what was a nine-run inning. Barnette's 24:9 K:BB over 23.2 innings and a .387 BABIP suggest he's a decent pitcher benefiting from some unfortunate luck, but even with a turnaround in the latter category, he has a lot of work to do before bringing his 7.23 ERA down to a respectable level.
Barnette took the loss Monday against the Rays after surrendering three runs on three hits and a walk over 1.1 innings of relief.
Barnette recorded three of his four outs via strikeout, but that's about the only positive spin that can be applied to what was an otherwise rough outing. The 33-year-old entered the contest in the top of the seventh inning with runners on second and third and two outs and promptly surrendered a game-tying double followed by a go-ahead two-run homer before recording the final out of the frame. It goes down as the third loss of the season for Barnette, whose grip on a late-inning role could be loosening now that his ERA still sits at 6.10 through the first two months.
Barnette gave up a run on one hit and one walk and struck out two batters in the sixth inning of Friday's 5-3 win over the Tigers.
Barnette opened the frame with a walk, single and wild pitch, but was able to steer clear of major damage. The right-hander induced a sacrifice fly from James McCann that scored Justin Upton, then struck out the subsequent two batters to end the Tigers' threat. Though he was able to put out the fire he created, Barnette has still been too erratic to gain much of a foothold in the late innings. He owns a 5.06 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 16 innings on the season.
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