The Rangers released Bibens-Dirkx on Monday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
After beginning the 2019 season in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, Bibens-Dirkx resurfaced in affiliated ball last June, making eight starts for the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate at Nashville. He was expected to report back to Triple-A to begin 2020, but with the COVID-19 pandemic putting the minor-league season at risk, Texas elected to move on from the 35-year-old instead.
Bibens-Dirkx has signed a contract to return to the Rangers, and he will start for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday night, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Bibens-Dirkx signed a contract with the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League during the offseason, but he has decided to return stateside and rejoin his former club. Bibens-Dirkx started six games for the Rangers in both of the last two seasons, so he should garner consideration if the club decides to add a starter from the minor-league ranks.
Bibens-Dirkx (knee) has signed a contract with the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan, Joey Hayden of the Dallas Morning Star reports.
Bibens-Dirkx confirmed the signing on his Instagram account, along with the news that he and his wife are expecting a child. He underwent offseason knee surgery, but that has not impacted his offseason throwing program -- he's posted a few videos of him throwing to his Instagram page. The 33-year-old right-hander spent more than a decade in the minor leagues before making his MLB debut for the Rangers in 2017. In 52 appearances (12 starts) with Texas, Bibens-Dirkx went 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA over 114.1 innings.
Bibens-Dirkx was outrighted from the Rangers' 40-man roster Friday and is expected to elect free agency.
The club also removed Clayton Blackburn, Brandon Mann, Carlos Perez and Ryan Rua from the 40-man roster, clearing up a few spots for younger prospects to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. Bibens-Dirkx underwent left knee surgery to repair partially torn cartilage in mid-September, though he's expected to be ready for spring training.
Bibens-Dirkx underwent season-ending surgery to repair partially torn cartilage in his left knee Wednesday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
The 33-year-old will finish the season with a 6.20 ERA in 45 innings. He's expected to be ready to go by the start of spring training.
Bibens-Dirkx will be recalled by the Rangers on Tuesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
The 33-year-old has thrown 41 innings for the Rangers this season, making six starts and four relief appearances. He hasn't had much success, posting a 6.59 ERA. While he doesn't walk many batters (5.9 percent), he also doesn't strike out enough (16.1 percent) or keep the ball on the ground (64.1 percent groundball rate). He'll likely be a low-leverage reliever for the Rangers down the stretch.
The Rangers optioned Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
His demotion opens a spot on the active roster for Drew Hutchison, who was signed by the Rangers ahead of a scheduled start Sunday against the Orioles. Bibens-Dirkx made four appearances out of the bullpen during his latest stint with the Rangers, surrendering 16 earned runs and 17 hits and two walks over seven frames.
Bibens-Dirkx was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Bibens-Dirkx served as a starter prior to the All-Star break but was sent down following his last start with the Rangers on July 8. The 33-year-old will take a bullpen role this time around, but may be used as a spot starter if necessary.
Bibens-Dirkx was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
Newly acquired Cory Gearrin was added to the active roster as a corresponding move, as the Rangers wanted to add a fresh reliever with Bibens-Drikx not expected to make another start before the All-Star break. Martin Perez (elbow) is expected to return and take that spot this weekend, but Bibens-Drikx will be on the short list of options to plug any rotation holes in the second half.
Bibens-Dirkx (2-2) picked up the win against the Tigers on Sunday, striking out five and walking one while allowing just three hits over 5.1 shutout innings in the Rangers' 3-0 victory.
Filling in as the Rangers wait for Martin Perez (elbow) to return from the disabled list, Bibens-Dirkx was impressive in this contest, blanking the Tigers (albeit in a short outing) and nabbing his second victory of the season. His 3.71 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over his 34 innings this season are serviceable, but with Perez set to return soon, the 33-year-old figures to be the one to vacate his rotation spot.
Bibens-Dirkx (1-2) allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Astros.
The Astros touched Bibens-Dirkx for a pair of home runs and five early runs, running his pitch count to 81 after just three innings. It didn't look like he was going to give Texas much length, but the 33-year-old right-hander was better after the third inning and lasted three more innings and 114 pitches. The journeyman starter will get at least one more start in the majors, Sunday on the road against Detroit. After that, Martin Perez (elbow) should be ready to return, and the Rangers will need to clear out a spot in the rotation.
Bibens-Dirkx struck out six in five scoreless innings Tuesday against the Padres, allowing two hits and four walks in a no-decision.
Making his fourth start of the year, Bibens-Dirkx threw his second consecutive start allowing one run or less. The 33-year-old has a 3.57 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and a 17:6 K:BB in 22.2 innings. His next scheduled start is a matchup with the Astros at home.
Bibens-Dirkx will start Tuesday's game against the Padres, MLB.com reports.
Added to the rotation on short notice June 20 following Yohander Mendez's demotion to Triple-A Round Rock, Bibens-Dirkx delivered a quality start en route to earning a win over the Royals, allowing just one run on five hits and no walks in 6.2 innings. He'll get another cushy landing spot Tuesday against a Padres squad that ranks 30th in the majors this season in team wOBA (.291).
Bibens-Dirkx (1-1) allowed one run on five hits and a walk through 6.2 innings in a win Wednesday over the Royals.
Bibens-Dirkx gave up a lofty 12 flyballs but still managed to keep the ball in the ballpark as the Royals mustered just two extra-base hits against him. That will be the main thing to watch with Bibens-Dirkx, as his 4.67 ERA in 24 games (six starts) in 2017 can largely be pinned on a brutal 1.8 HR/9. All the Rangers really need right now, though, is somebody who can eat innings, and Bibens-Dirkx most likely did enough to hold onto the rotation spot for at least another turn. If so, his next start will come Tuesday against San Diego.
Bibens-Dirkx was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Royals.
Bibens-Dirkx is set to rejoin the big-league rotation in place of Yohander Mendez, who was banished to the minors after violating team rules. The 33-year-old has made two starts for the Rangers this season, allowing a brutal 10 runs (eight earned) on 17 hits in just 11 innings of work. It's unclear if he'll stick in the rotation beyond Wednesday's outing.
Bibens-Dirkx was sent to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday, John Blake of the Texas Rangers reports.
Bibens-Dirkx made two starts for the Rangers in his first major-league stint of the season, posting a disappointing 6.55 ERA and 1.64 WHIP with 11 strikeouts over 11 innings. Matt Moore has been reinstated from the disabled list in a corresponding move.
Bibens-Dirkx allowed four runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings in Tuesday's 9-5 win over the Mariners. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.
The Rangers handed Bibens-Dirkx an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but he immediately gave that back and more, as the first four Mariners reached base safely. He had to deal with baserunners during every inning he pitched. This was his second start during this callup, and likely last for now, as Matt Moore (knee) will return to start Wednesday. Moore, who has an 8.19 ERA over nine starts and averaged less than five innings per start, may be pitching for his spot in the rotation Wednesday. In the event he continues to struggle and manager Jeff Banister wants to make a move, Bibens-Dirkx could be back.
Bibens-Dirkx will remain in the rotation for one more turn and start Tuesday against the Mariners, Dic Humphrey of MLB.com reports.
The Rangers could have moved Bibens-Dirkx to the bullpen or sent him to Triple-A Round Rock with Matt Moore (knee) set to return from the disabled list this week, but manager Jeff Banister instead elected to keep Bibens-Dirkx in the rotation a little longer to afford an additional day of rest to each of the team's five starters. While Bibens-Dirkx wasn't outstanding in his spot start Thursday against the Royals -- he allowed six runs (four earned) and struck out six over 6.1 innings - -the performance was good enough for the Rangers to justify handing him another start. Bibens-Dirkx will probably need an even better showing Tuesday to earn himself any additional starting assignments now that the team has five healthy rotation members.
Bibens-Dirkx (0-1) took the loss against the Royals on Thursday, giving up six runs (four earned) on eight hits over 6.1 innings, striking out six and walking one as the Rangers lost 8-2.
Bibens-Dirkx made his first start of the season after getting called up from Triple-A Round Rock, and he came out with a respectable final line, as only four of his six runs were earned, meaning he only missed a quality start by one run. However, he threw 69.1 innings for the Rangers last season and had a 4.67 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP, so even if he were to stay at the big-league level for enough time to get a chance to do so, it seems unlikely that Bibens-Dirkx would put up big fantasy numbers.
Bibens-Dirkx will start Thursday's game against Kansas City, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Bibens-Dirkx will be called up from Triple-A Round Rock to make his first major-league start of the 2018 season. He surfaced in the big leagues during the 2017 campaign, starting six games and accruing a 4.67 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 38 strikeouts over 69.1 innings.
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||11.2||7||0||0||1||1||0||10||12||20||14.46||2.857|
|2013||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||101.0||17||13||0||9||5||0||98||26||84||2.85||1.089|
|2013||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||65.2||12||10||0||3||4||0||57||17||47||1.93||0.982|
|2014||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||74.0||17||12||0||6||4||1||57||12||67||3.16||1.068|
|2015||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||97.0||20||18||0||7||8||0||86||28||100||4.08||1.320|
|2016||AAA-Round Rock Express||85.0||17||13||0||3||2||0||62||25||85||4.34||1.294|
|2017||AAA-Round Rock Express||23.2||6||3||0||0||2||0||20||7||22||3.10||1.250|