Bass was recalled Wednesday from Triple-A Round Rock. Bass, who has operated on the majors-to-minors shuttle this week, is back with the big league club following the injury to Cole Hamels (oblique). The 29-year-old will likely be seldom used in high-leverage situations, and in his one appearance this season, he gave up six runs over three innings.
Bass coughed up six runs (four earned) and surrendered nine hits in three innings of long relief during Tuesday's 8-1 loss to the Twins. It wasn't an auspicious season debut for Bass, who entered the game in the fifth inning after starter Andrew Cashner surrendered a homer to open the frame. Bass did little to clot the bleeding, giving up five hits and throwing a wild pitch before recording the first out of the inning. Don't expect on the Rangers to count on the veteran for high-leverage work out of the bullpen anytime soon.
Bass had his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Bass will likely head to the bullpen where he could serve as a long-relief option if needed. The 29-year-old put up impressive numbers at Round Rock before earning the promotion, allowing just two hits over 8.1 scoreless innings while striking out 16 batters.
Bass signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Friday. Bass returns to Texas after playing 33 games with the club in 2015. He spent last season in Japan, where he compiled a 3.65 ERA in 103.2 innings pitched. The right-hander has a 4.40 career ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in five major league seasons and will be a long shot to make the squad out of spring training.
Bass announced that he plans to continue his baseball career in the United States during the 2017 season. Bass pitched for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan last season, and went 8-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 14 starts and 23 relief appearances. That being said, the 29-year-old didn't see a lot of success stateside prior to leaving, as his 4.40 career ERA would suggest, which could hurt his prospects of garnering much of a role at the major league level.