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Rangers recall LHP John King from Triple-A Round Rock, RHP Ian Kennedy designated for assignment

Shortstop Corey Seager assigned to Frisco (AA) on injury rehabilitation assignment

OAKLAND — The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has recalled left-handed pitcher John King from Triple-A Round Rock. To make room for King on the active roster, right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy has been designated for assignment.

King, 28, has gone 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA (4 ER/17.1 IP) and one save in 9 relief outings with Round Rock this season. He owns a 1-0 record with no runs allowed in 4.0 innings pitched over 2 relief outings in the month of May. The left-hander logged career highs in appearances (39) and innings (51.1) across 3 stints with Texas in 2022 (Opening Day-7/5, 8/10-17, 9/4-end of season). Selected in the 10th round of the 2017 MLB Draft from the University of Houston, the Laredo, TX native will mark his fourth consecutive season seeing Major League action for the Rangers after making his MLB debut in 2020.

Kennedy, 38, went 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA (8 ER/10.0 IP) over 11 relief outings for Texas this season, ranking 5th on the club in appearances. The right-hander made the Rangers’ Opening Day roster as non-roster invitee for the second time in his career (also 2021).

Following today’s transactions, the Rangers currently have 39 players on the 40-man roster, along with four players (Spencer Howard, Brett Martin, Jake Odorizzi and Glenn Otto) on the 60-day Injured List.

SEAGER ASSIGNED TO FRISCO: Shortstop Corey Seager has been sent to Frisco (AA) on injury rehabilitation assignment beginning with tonight’s 6:35 CT game vs. Wichita at Riders Field.  Seager was with the Rangers in Anaheim and Seattle on the current road trip as he continued to build toward a rehab assignment.  He was originally placed on the 10-day Injured List with a left hamstring strain on April 12 after suffering the injury while running the bases on a 5th-inning double on April 11 vs. Kansas City.  Seager has a .359/.469/.538/1.008 slash line with one HR and 4 RBI over 11 games with Texas in 2023.

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