Kyle Cody & Rivera selected from alternate site, Andrus & Calhoun to IL

There’s been alot of Rangers moves today. Forgive us for being late on some of this. Marah got the post about Justin Foscue being added to the 60-man. Now there is even more news. Pitcher Cody Kyle and infielder Yadiel Rivera have been selected from the Rangers alternate site.

Kyle Cody, 26, is a right-handed pitcher who the Rangers drafted in the 6th round of the 2016 draft. In 2018, he pitched in two games in the Arizona rookie league and threw 5 shutout innings altogether, allowing only 2 hits and struck out 9. Cody had Tommy John surgery in 2018 which was the last time he’s thrown in a game. Congratulations to Kyle Cody who will be looking to make his MLB debut.

Through his three seasons in the minor leagues he has a 11-11 record with a 3.23 earned run average in 178.1 innings pitched. He struck out 198 batters good for a 10 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. 

Yadiel Rivera, 28, is a infielder that bats and throws from the right side. He was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 9th round of the 2010 draft. For his career he has a bWAR of -1.1 and has slashed .178/.248/.221/.469 at the plate.

Elvis Andrus and Willie Calhoun have been added to the IL.

Elvis hasn’t hit his stride yet this season; he hasn’t produced at levels we’ve seen in the past. He is batting .184/.244/.250/.494 with 3 RBI. Now Elvis is a veteran player who obviously has earned the benefit of a longer leash but he’s got to get himself right. He was placed on the IL due to a lower back strain.

Willie Calhoun just can’t catch a break. He joins Andrus on the IL. Calhoun has been a little streaky but hasn’t really swung a hot bat as indicated by his line of .172/.206/.244/.430. The problem with this season is there is no time for someone to be cold at the plate. There have been reports that suggest his season may be over from his left hamstring injury. We’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope that’s not the case. They were both added to the 10-day IL.

The Rangers play their last game against San Diego tonight before heading to Seattle.