Payano cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.
Payano posted a 5.73 ERA and 1.86 WHIP in 22 innings for the Rangers this season. He'll likely be stuck waiting until next year for his next big-league opportunity.
The Rangers designated Payano for assignment Sunday.
Payano joined the Texas rotation shortly after the All-Star break and was serviceable in his first three turns, giving up seven runs (six earned) in 14.2 innings while striking out 13. Things fell part in his subsequent two turns, as he failed to get through four innings in either start and yielded 10 earned runs. With Payano's numbers at Triple-A Nashville this season (5.44 ERA, 1.70 WHIP in 41.1 innings), the Rangers determined the 24-year-old was no longer worthy of a spot on the 40-man roster. Reliever Edinson Volquez (elbow) was activated from the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Payano (1-2) was given the loss after surrendering eight runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out three over 3.1 innings Thursday against the Twins. He was optioned to Triple-A Nashville following the game, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Payano was tasked with making a spot start Thursday, though he didn't fare well. The 24-year-old gave up five runs in the second inning, one in the third and two in the fourth prior to departing. The Twins have yet to make a corresponding move following Payano's demotion.
Payano will make his next start Thursday against the Twins, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Payano has struggled while part of the Rangers' rotation, pitching to a 4.97 ERA and 2.132 WHIP over three starts. In his previous start Saturday, he lasted just three innings with nine of the 17 batters he faced reaching base. He'll get at least two more outings as a starter -- Thursday's start and as part of a doubleheader Aug. 20 against the Angels. The Rangers are expected to bring up left-hander Joe Palumbo following his next start at Triple-A Nashville.
Payano allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks over 4.1 innings Sunday, striking out two batters in a no-decision during the win over Detroit.
Payano cruised through three scoreless innings to start the game before yielding a run in the fourth. He then coughed up a two-run double to Niko Goodrum in the fifth and walked the following batter, putting an end to his afternoon. The rookie right-hander owns a 3.45 ERA alongside a pedestrian 13:9 K:BB in 15.2 innings at the MLB level. Payano will face a tough test in Milwaukee on Saturday.
Payano yielded three runs on six hits and four walks over 5.1 innings Sunday, striking out four batters during his no-decision in the loss to Oakland.
Payano had allowed just one run -- a solo shot by Marcus Semien in the third inning -- through five innings Sunday. He then put two runners on to start the sixth and was charged with another two runs after Jesse Chavez allowed a two-run double. The rookie right-hander now owns a 3.18 ERA over his first 11.1 innings of big-league work. Assuming he stays in the rotation for another turn, he should face Detroit at home next Sunday.
Payano will start Sunday's game against Oakland, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Payano picked up his first big-league win Tuesday, and he'll get at least one more chance to take the mound while Joe Palumbo deals with right ankle tendinitis. Payano has appeared in two games this season for the Rangers, surrendering just one run while fanning seven over six innings.
Payano (1-0) earned the win against Seattle on Tuesday, tossing five innings and allowing one run on three hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Payano served as the primary pitcher following Brett Martin and allowed only a single run in five innings to help Texas snap an eight-game losing streak. He struggled with his control at Triple-A Nashville this season, issuing 18 walks in 29 innings, but limited Seattle to a single free pass while tossing 54 of 78 pitches for strikes. Despite posting a mediocre 4.40 ERA and 1.28 WHIP across two minor-league stops this season, manager Chris Woodward suggested after the game that Tuesday's performance -- the first major-league win of his career -- may have earned Payano a longer-than-anticipated stay with the big club.
Payano was called up to be the primary pitcher following opener Brett Martin against the Mariners on Tuesday.
Pedro has made one career big-league appearance, tossing a single scoreless inning in early July. He owns a mediocre 4.34 ERA in 29 innings for Triple-A Nashville. Ronald Guzman was optioned in a corresponding move.
The Rangers intend to use Payano as a primary pitcher out of the bullpen for Tuesday's game against the Mariners, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Payano will be officially recalled from Triple-A Nashville a few hours before the game's 10:10 p.m. EDT start time, with the Rangers also expected to name an opening pitcher at that time. No matter who gets the call as the opener, Payano is slated to cover the bulk of the innings for the Rangers and is thus the most likely pitcher to factor into any decision. The 24-year-old righty has posted a 4.40 ERA and 85:36 K:BB across 71.2 innings between Nashville and Double-A Frisco this season.
Payano will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to either start or work as the bulk reliever Tuesday against the Mariners, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
According to manager Chris Woodward, Payano will likely serve as the primary pitcher, though the club hasn't announced who will open the contest. The right-hander has tossed just one inning this year in the big leagues, and he figures to be asked to eat up at least a few frames in the second game of the series.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward mentioned Payano as an option to start Tuesday, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.
The Rangers' rotation plans changed when it was announced that Joe Palumbo came down with tendinitis in his right ankle. Palumbo had been scheduled to start Monday with Adrian Sampson going Tuesday, but the injury pushes Sampson up a day and makes Tuesday to be determined. Payano was up with the Rangers just before the All-Star break and pitched an inning of relief before heading back to Triple-A Nashville. The Rangers may deploy an opener Tuesday and use Payano for the second inning and beyond. The right-hander has a 4.40 ERA over 16 appearances at Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Nashville.
Payano was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday.
Payano's first stint in the big leagues lasted all of one day, with the right-hander delivering a scoreless inning in relief in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Twins. The 24-year-old was deemed an expendable piece with the Rangers needing a spot on the 25-man roster for Sunday's primary pitcher, Joe Palumbo, who was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Payano was called up from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.
Payano was added to the 40-man roster and called up to the major leagues for the first time in is career. The 24-year-old has managed a 3.91 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 15 appearances (14 starts) with the team's Double-A and Triple-A affiliates this season, striking out 81 and walking 32 across 69 innings. With Jesse Chavez and Mike Minor slotted in to start the Rangers' final two games prior to the All-Star break, Payano will likely serve as bullpen depth.
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