Bird was optioned to Triple-A Nashville after Wednesday's game against the Angels.
Bird has accumulated a 6.75 ERA and collected one save in 5.1 innings of relief this season. The 26-year-old will serve as organizational depth in the minors and will probably get the call later in the season when the big-league team needs reinforcements. The Rangers will announce a corresponding roster move on Friday.
Bird struck out one over two-thirds of an inning to pick up the save in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
This wasn't a save situation when the Rangers went into the bottom of the ninth inning up by four runs, but the left-handed Bird was given this surprise save chance after closer Jose Leclerc allowed a run and hit two batters. This was supposed to be a stress-free appearance for Leclerc who blew a save Tuesday, which has caught the attention of manager Chirs Woodward. Bird is not considered the next likely closer should Leclerc need time to figure out his issues, but the situation bears watching.
Bird was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
With Edinson Volquez (elbow) headed to the 10-day injured list, Bird will rejoin the Rangers after being optioned Monday. Volquez was scheduled to pitch Wednesday in Arizona, but with Bird being used primarily as a reliever, it remains to be seen who Texas will choose to start until Volquez returns.
Bird was moved to create room for Adrian Sampson, a starter called up from Nashville to give the Rangers' bullpen some length. The left-haned Bird had walked three and struck out one in two scoreless relief outings.
He'll make the big club as an eighth reliever and is expected to see most of his usage as a mop-up man or occasional matchups play against left-handed hitters. Bird has yet to make his MLB debut but submitted a tidy 1.94 ERA to go with a 65:26 K:BB in 55.2 innings at Triple-A Durham in the Rays organization last season.
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