Rangers send starting candidate Tepesch to minors

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm •  Published: March 17, 2014

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers right-hander Nick Tepesch, who had been a candidate for the starting rotation, was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday after a couple of rough outings.

Tepesch had never pitched about Double-A before last spring, when he earned the spot as the Rangers' fifth starter. But he had an 11.25 ERA in three starts this spring, and in his last game Saturday allowed nine hits and seven runs in three innings against AL West rival Oakland.

That was among 11 moves made by Rangers, which came two weeks before their regular-season opener.

Jose Contreras, a 42-year-old right-hander in camp on a minor league deal, was offered reassignment to minor league camp. The team said Contreras is weighing his options, and might retire as an active player.

Contreras had a 10.50 ERA in three games this spring training. The Cuban pitcher, who had ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow in June 2012, spent last season with the Pittsburgh and Boston organizations. He made seven relief appearances for the Pirates last May. He has a 78-67 career record in the major leagues, with a 4.57 ERA over 299 games with the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Colorado, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.