The Rule 5 selection made the Opening Day roster and made four outings for the Rangers. As a Rule 5 pick, Hauschild was ineligible to be optioned by the Rangers this season and still remain in the organization without first being subjected to waivers. Hauschild struggled mightily through his first three outings and things came to a head when he was touched up for five earned runs -- including three home runs -- over 3.1 innings Wednesday. He's been returned to the Astros' organization and assigned to Triple-A Fresno.
Hauschild was designated for assignment Thursday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The Rangers purchased Anthony Bass' contract, so they opted to designate Hauschild for assignment. Hauschild has pitched a handful of rough outings this season. Over four games (eight innings) he's allowed 10 runs off 14 hits, five of which were home runs.
Hauschild was tagged for five runs on seven hits -- including three homers -- and one walk over 3.1 innings of relief in Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Athletics.
With the Rangers trailing 4-0 by the time starter Martin Perez was pulled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, manager Jeff Banister decided it was a good opportunity to have Hauschild, a lightly-used Rule 5 pick, to eat some innings. Hauschild wasn't able to stop the bleeding for the Rangers, and at this point, the organization may find it increasingly difficult to justify using the 27-year-old even in lower-leverage situations. He's turned in an 11.25 ERA (10.70 FIP) and served up five homers over four appearances spanning eight innings.
It's still unclear what capacity the team expects to use Hauschild in. With a starting rotation decimated by injuries, he could very well find himself as the fifth starter to open the season or see use as a long-inning relief specialist. Manager Jeff Banister has insisted upon carrying eight or nine arms in the bullpen, so even if Hauschild misses out on a starting role he could remain with the team in an extended capacity going forward.
Hauschild has given up six runs on 14 hits with a 10:4 K:BB over 13.1 innings so far this spring.
The Rule 5 pick struggled in his most recent Cactus League outing, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, but manager Jeff Banister told the Dallas Morning News that the team would not "over-evaluate" that one performance. Hauschild was much better in his first four appearances of the spring, allowing three runs on seven hits over 10.1 frames. With Andrew Cashner (shoulder), Tyson Ross (shoulder) and Chi Chi Gonzalez (elbow) all out to begin the season, Hauschild has a shot to break camp as the fifth starter, but Eddie Gamboa and Dillon Gee are in the mix as well.
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