Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass (#60) from Triple-A Round Rock and designated right-handed pitcher Mike Hauschild for assignment.
Bass, 29, has compiled 8.1 scoreless innings over 3 relief outings with the Express, retiring 16 of 29 batters faced via strikeouts. Opponents in the Pacific Coast League have gone just 2-for-26 (.077) with 3 walks, and both hits allowed have been singles. He last pitched on Sunday at Iowa (2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 28 pitches).
Bass signed a minor league contract with Texas on February 27 and went 0-1 with one save and a 4.50 ERA (8 ER/16.0 IP) over 9 relief appearances for the Rangers in spring training, including a 2.77 ERA (4 ER/13.0 IP) over his final 7 Cactus League outings. He was assigned to minor league camp on March 31. He returns to the majors after spending last season with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham-Fighters of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, where he was a major contributed in that team’s run to the Japan Series championship. Bass has gone 5-9 with a 4.40 ERA over 129 games/18 starts in his major league career with San Diego (2011-13), Houston (2014), and Texas (2015).
Hauschild allowed 10 R-ER over 4 relief appearances and 8.0 innings with Texas this month in his first major league action. He was selected by the Rangers in the 2016 Rule 5 Draft from the Houston Astros. If Hauschild were to go unclaimed in the waiver process, he must first be offered back to his original club before he could remain in the Texas organization.