Vólquez goes to 10-day DL; Bird is back

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Right-handed pitcher Edinson Vólquez has been placed on the Texas Rangers’ 10-day injured list, and left-handed pitcher Kyle Bird has been recalled from Triple-A Nashville to fill the void.

Vólquez sprained his right elbow, and Bird will take his place on the active roster.

Vólquez missed all of 2018 recovering from “Tommy John” surgery on Aug. 4, 2017. He posted no record and a 7.04 ERA (6 ER/7.2 IP) in two games and as many starts for Texas, including taking no decision in the club’s 11-4 win Thursday night at the Angels (3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R-ER).

Bird starts his second stint with the Rangers after making two relief appearances in the season-opening three-game series versus the Chicago Cubs, where he posted 1.0 scoreless innings over he first major league action. Bird did not appear in Nashville’s season-opener on Thursday evening.

With Friday’s transactions, the Rangers are at the 40-man limit on their big league roster, along with three players on the 60-day injured list: RHP Luke Farrell, OF Scott Heineman, and LHP Yohander Méndez.