Rangers Call Up Socorro Grad Omar Quintanilla
POSTED: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 5:20pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 5:37pm
The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon that the club has purchased the contract of infielder Omar Quintanilla from Triple-A Round Rock. To make room for Quintanilla on the 40-man roster, the club has transferred right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list. The move comes as the club placed infielder Andres Blanco on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to yesterday, with a stress reaction in his lower back.
Quintanilla, 29, is a native of El Paso, a graduate of Socorro High School, and played at the University of Texas. He has spent the entire season with Triple-A Round Rock, batting .298 (62-208) with 5 homers, 9 doubles, 4 triples, and 25 RBI in 51 contests. The left-handed batter has hit .408 (20-49) over his last 11 games, including a 6-hit, 4-RBI game on July 4 at Albuquerque. Quintanilla, who has played exclusively at shortstop in the Pacific Coast League, went 1-for-5 with an RBI in his last game with the Express last night vs. Memphis.
Quintanilla saw major league action in 5 straight seasons with Colorado from 2005-09, batting .220 (110-500) with 2 home runs and 32 RBI in 216 career games. His last big league contest was October 4, 2009 at Los Angeles. He has seen action in the majors at second base, shortstop, and third base.