NEWBERG REPORT PLUS — MAY 26, 2007
According to multiple media reports, Texas has purchased the contract of outfielder Marlon Byrd from Oklahoma, where he was hitting .358/.383/.600 (fourth in the Pacific Coast League in hitting, seventh in reaching base, seventh in slugging, and sixth in OPS), sending outfielder Kevin Mahar back to AAA.
No word yet on whose spot on the 40-man roster Byrd claims. Someone is likely going to be designated for assignment (or released) in the next couple hours.
Byrd is reportedly in tonight’s starting lineup against Boston righthander Tim Wakefield, perhaps in center field. The 29-year-old Byrd is 1 for 2 lifetime against the knuckleballer. Kenny Lofton is a career .246/.246/.361 hitter in 61 at-bats against Wakefield.
UPDATE: Oklahoma catcher Miguel Ojeda has been designated for assignment.