Rangers promote Yoshinori Tateyama

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The shuttle between Rangers Ballpark and Triple-A Round Rock was busy today.

Coming to Arlington is 35-year-old reliever Yoshinori Tateyama. Heading south on I-35 are infielder Chris Davis, catcher Taylor Teagarden and reliever Cody Eppley.

The Rangers needed two roster spots to activate Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz.

Tateyama, a side-arming right-hander, in 14 appearances was 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA for the Express. He is in uniform tonight.

The Rangers signed Tateyama in late November of 2010 coming off a career-low 1.80 ERA in 58 appearances for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in the Japanese Pacific League last season.

He had four saves and 25 holds and held opposing batters to a .213 average with 11 walks and 59 strikeouts. He allowed only three home runs and was especially effective against right-handed batters, who hit .186 against him.

Davis was the final piece of the Monday's moves to fall. The Rangers originally announced that outfielder Endy Chavez would be placed on the DL with a right hamstring strain. It was determined Chavez wasn’t that far away from being able to start.

“Davis performed well and did a lot of what was asked of him,’’ said Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine. “We see him being a part of the club moving forward into the 2011 season.’’

Davis was batting .250 with three home runs and four RBIs.