Texas Rangers acivate RHP Ian Kennedy from 10-day injured list, option LHP Hyeon-Jong Yang to Round Rock

Kennedy leads A.L. in save percentage

Houston, Texas – The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has activated right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy from the 10-day Injured List. Kennedy (#31) will be active for tonight’s game in Houston.

To make room on the active roster, left-handed pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

Kennedy was placed on the IL on June 9, retroactive to June 6, with a left hamstring strain and today is the first day he was eligible to be activated. He has no record with 12 saves and a 2.53 ERA (6 ER/21.1 IP) over 21 relief appearances with the Rangers this season. He leads all qualifying American League closers in save percentage at 92.3% (12-13) and is fourth in the A.L. in saves.

Yang is 0-3 with a 5.59 ERA in eight games/four starts since his contract was selected from the Alternate Training Site on April 26.

Following today’s transactions, the Rangers remain at the 40-man limit on the club’s Major League roster, along with eight players on the 60-day Injured List.