After their ace Cole Hamels suffered a strained left groin muscle, the Texas Rangers called up left-handed pitcher Cesar Ramos from their Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, Texas, to start in Hamels’ place Monday against the New York Yankees.
To make room, Texas sent pitcher Nick Martinez to Round Rock after a week with the parent club.
Ramos, 31, has 11 career starts in the majors. He is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 10 strikeouts over 11 innings in three starts at Triple-A. A first-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 2005, Ramos was signed by Texas to a minor-league contract as a free agent in January after he appeared in 65 games as a reliever for the Los Angeles Angels last year. The Rangers announced at the signing the plan to use him as a starter.
Martinez, sent to Round Rock during spring training, is a long reliever and spot starter. He made one appearance for Texas, taking the mound in the 11th inning Saturday against the Chicago White Sox. He took a 4-3 loss, walking two, hitting a batter, and giving up a walk-off single.
He’s a 2011 draft pick of the Rangers from the 18th round who pitched for the team the past two seasons. In 2014, he started 29 games and went 5-12 with a 4.55 ERA, 1.461 WHIP, 77 strikeouts and 55 walks. Last year he started 24 games, finishing 7-7 with a 3.96 ERA, 1.448 WHIP, 77 strikeouts and 46 walks.