The first roster moves of the young season have come down.
Per Richard Durrett of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have purchased the contract of Jamey Wright for tonight's start, as expected. To make room for him on the roster, Mike Wood was optioned to AAA Oklahoma City, while prospect Daniel Haigwood was designated for assignment.
The Wood move isn't surprising, as he was added merely for pitching depth in the bullpen while Gagne and Wright were absent. He had a very good spring training, but doesn't have a great career track record and was the weakest link in the bullpen. He gave up 1 earned run in 2 1/3 innings this season.
The Haigwood DFA, however, is rather stunning. As many of you may recall, he's the player that the Rangers acquired in exchange for Fabio Castro last summer after Buck Showalter refused to let him pitch. Texas will try to sneak him through waivers, but he may end up being claimed. The 23-year-old left-hander was 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA in 62 innings last season at AA Frisco. I'm not too thrilled with this.
All I can say is, Jamey Wright better be damn good tonight. Game time in 20 minutes.