Jurado was optioned to Double-A Frisco on Sunday.
Jurado will head back to the minors following his first major-league start Saturday in which he allowed four runs over 4.2 innings against the White Sox. His demotion opens up a roster spot for Chris Martin's (forearm) activation from the disabled list.
Jurado was lauded by manager Jeff Banister after the 22-year-old made his MLB debut Saturday in a loss to the White Sox, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. "I will say this: He showed a lot of moxie," Banister said. "He responded very well. He didn't seem affected [by the big inning]. There were a lot of learning experiences out there for him. There were so many positives. We loved what we saw."
The Rangers are going nowhere this season, so bringing in Jurado over a journeyman like Austin Bibens-Dirxx is the clearest sign the organization is preparing for its rebuild. Banister didn't make any announcements following the game, but the Rangers will need a fifth starter Thursday, and his comments came close to endorsing Jurado for that start. The right-hander is a low-level prospect who gets by mostly on his sinker. If he's leaving it up, he'll get tagged, as he did in the third inning Saturday when he allowed all four of his runs. But he recognized that and made the necessary adjustments to give the Rangers another six outs. He's similar to fellow Rangers starter Doug Fister, who has had a 10-year career as a serviceable major-league starter.
Jurado (0-1) took the loss against the White Sox on Saturday, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks over 4.2 innings while striking out two.
Making his big-league debut, the 22-year-old ran into trouble in the third inning and gave up all four of his runs, but Jurado was able to regain his footing and keep Chicago off the scoreboard until being yanked after 81 pitches (55 strikes). With Matt Moore (knee) and Martin Perez (elbow) both on the disabled list, and Cole Hamels (neck) not 100 percent either, Jurado may have shown enough to stick around in the Rangers' rotation for another turn or two.
Jurado will be called up from Double-A Frisco to start Saturday against the White Sox, Jeff Arnold of MLB.com reports.
With Cole Hamels (neck) unavailable to make a start during this turn of the rotation, the Rangers are reaching down to Double-A for Jurado, who will be making his MLB debut Saturday. The 21-year-old right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA over seven starts for the RoughRiders.
Jurado (finger) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four Tuesday against Double-A Springfield. He didn't factor into the decision.
Jurado was placed on the disabled list on April 9 with a broken nail, but he's since returned to health. He's made two starts for Double-A Frisco in 2018, accruing a 5.19 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across 8.2 innings.
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