The Texas Rangers announced tonight that the club has recalled righthanded pitcher Omar Beltre from Oklahoma City (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Beltre (#68) will make his major league debut tonight in a start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
To make room for Beltre on the active roster, lefthanded pitcher Matt Harrison has been optioned to Oklahoma City.
Beltre, 28, has gone 0-5 with 2 saves and a 2.39 ERA (10 ER/37.2 IP) in 15 games/5 starts for Oklahoma City this season. Opponents in the Pacific Coast League have batted .246 (33-134) with 18 walks and 44 strikeouts. In his 5 starts, Beltre is 0-2 despite a 1.25 ERA (3 ER/21.2 IP), .203 (15-74) opponents average, with just 7 walks against 24 strikeouts in those outings. He has held left-handed batters to a .218 (12-55) average and has permitted just one home run all year, by Scott Thorman on May 3 at Omaha.
Prior to this season, Beltre had not pitched in the United States since 2004. He was on the 40-man roster restricted list from April 1, 2006, until being reinstated on Feb. 19, 2010 upon arrival at Rangers spring training camp in Arizona. Beltre had endured visa issues which did not allow him to enter the U.S. from 2005-09. In 2001 and 2002, he was rated among the Rangers’ top prospects by Baseball America. He was originally signed by Texas on March 1, 2000.
Harrison is 1-1 with a 4.17 ERA in 13 games/6 starts with the Rangers this season. He opened the year in the Texas rotation, going 1-1, 5.29 in 6 starts before being disabled on May 7 with left biceps tendinitis. Harrison was activated on May 26 and has posted a 2.76 ERA in 7 relief appearances since that time.