Yang cleared waivers Saturday and was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. No team claimed the lefty pitcher after he was designed for assignment Thursday. Despite his struggles, which are highlighted by a 5.59 ERA in 29 innings with a 19:15 K:BB ratio, Yang may find himself back in the Rangers' depth-deprived rotation or bullpen at some point this season.
Yang was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Thursday. Yang has made four starts and four relief appearances since joining the Rangers on a minor-league deal over the winter. He hasn't particularly impressed, struggling to a 5.59 ERA in 29 innings while combining a 15.0 percent strikeout rate with an 11.8 percent walk rate. Given those numbers and the fact that the rest of the league passed up the chance to give him a major-league contract during the offseason, it's unlikely the 33-year-old gets claimed off waivers.
The Rangers optioned Yang to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday. Texas dropped Yang from the bullpen and the 26-man active roster to clear room for closer Ian Kennedy (hamstring), who was reinstated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Since shifting from the rotation to a relief role earlier this month, Yang made only one appearance and gave up two earned runs over 1.1 innings. Texas will likely have Yang get stretched back out for starting duty at Triple-A.
Yang has been removed from the starting rotation and will be a reliever going forward, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. The lefty's four starts this season have been short and mostly ineffective, and he holds a 5.20 ERA in seven total appearances. Yang will need to drastically improve upon his 1.46 K/BB % if he's to be a viable relief option. Kolby Allard, replacing Yang in the rotation, will start Saturday, likely making Friday a bullpen game for the Rangers.
Yang (0-3) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk over three innings Sunday, striking out two and taking the loss against Seattle. Yang gave up an RBI double to Ty France in the first inning and then a two-run single to France in the third. The 33-year-old southpaw saw his ERA rise to 5.53 as he took his third straight loss. He's pitched fewer than five innings in six of his seven outings this season and he's still searching for his first career win. Yang is lined up to face the Rays at home next weekend.
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