NEWBERG REPORT UPDATE — McCarthy placed on 60-day DL
The Rangers have finalized their Opening Day roster by placing righthander Brandon McCarthy on the 60-day disabled list along with lefthander John Rheinecker (who was placed on the 60 two days ago when righthander Dustin Nippert was acquired from Arizona), taking both pitchers off the roster until activated.
Along with the designation for assignment of outfielder Nelson Cruz and righthander Robinson Tejeda, the McCarthy and Rheinecker moves clear the way for non-roster righthanders Jamey Wright and Franklyn German and catcher Adam Melhuse to join the roster.
Righthander Luis Mendoza and third baseman Travis Metcalf were officially placed on the 15-day disabled list. Mendoza, whose move was retroactive to March 24, will be eligible to return on April 8, though it will be April 12 before he’s needed. Righthander Wes Littleton was optioned to Oklahoma.
McCarthy will be eligible to be reinstated on May 29, which is later than some projections of when he might be healthy enough to return to action, but the benefit (other than to allow Texas to get down to 40 players without needing to place Thomas Diamond or Joaquin Arias on the 60) is that, no matter what’s happening with the big league rotation, the Rangers won’t be tempted to bring McCarthy back before he’s absolutely good to go, since now they can’t bring him back until the end of May.