Rangers recall RHP A.J. Alexy and activate RHP Joe Barlow

Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers today announced the following roster moves prior to Monday night’s series opener against the Rockies at Globe Life Field:

 

Right-handed pitcher A.J. Alexy recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

Right-handed pitcher Joe Barlow activated from 10-day Injured List.

Infielder Andy Ibáñez placed on 10-day Injured List, retroactive to August 29, with left hamstring strain.

Left-handed pitcher Jake Latz returned to Triple-A Round Rock.

Alexy, 23, is scheduled to make his Major League debut with a start in Monday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies, the third starting pitcher to make his MLB debut for the Rangers in the club’s last six contests. He has combined to go 3-1 with a 1.66 ERA (12 ER/65.0 IP) over 16 games/10 starts this season for Round Rock (AAA) and Frisco (AA), averaging 10.5 strikeouts per 9 innings while holding opponents to a .175 batting average and .557 OPS figure. He last pitched for the Express on August 20 vs. El Paso, taking no decision in Round Rock’s 6-1 defeat (5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 78 pitches/53 strikes). He has an active scoreless streak of 10.2 consecutive innings at Triple-A.

 

Originally acquired by Texas in a July 31, 2017 trade with the Dodgers involving Yu Darvish and Willie Calhoun, Alexy was rated by Baseball America as having the Best Fastball in the Rangers organization prior to the 2021 season. He owns a career 13-19 record with a 3.30 ERA and 10.8 strikeouts per 9 innings over 74 games/62 starts spanning five minor league seasons in the Los Angeles-NL (2016-17) and Texas (2017-21) organizations.

 

Barlow was on the Injured List from August 20-29 with a blister on his right index finger. He has a 0-1 record with a 1.08 ERA (2 ER/16.2 IP) over 17 relief appearances for the Rangers since having his contract selected from Round Rock on June 23 for his first Major League action. He last pitched on August 19 vs. Seattle, taking the loss in Rangers’ 11-inning defeat (2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R-1 ER). He has a 13.2-inning scoreless streak from July 7-August 19, longest by a Texas reliever in 2021.

 

Ibáñez left the game on Saturday vs. Houston after 6 innings due to the hamstring injury. The first date he would be eligible to return is September 8. Ibáñez has batted .260 with 6 home runs and 19 RBI over 62 games for Texas this season in his first Major League action. He had a career-best 11-game hit streak from August 15-27, including multiple his in 7 straight contests from August 20-27.

 

Latz was added as a replacement player from Triple-A Round Rock on August 25, taking the roster spot of a player on the COVID-19 Related Injured List. Latz’s lone outing with Texas was his Major League debut on Wednesday at Cleveland, taking the loss in the Rangers’ 7-2 defeat (4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R-ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 3 HR, 84 pitches/57 strikes). He has combined to go 1-1 with a 4.98 ERA over 17 games/15 games started for Frisco and Round Rock in 2021.