De La Cruz, 23, was acquired by Texas from Cleveland in exchange for cash considerations February 21. The club had optioned him to Double-A Frisco this morning. He had appeared in one ‘A’ game for Texas this spring, as well as a ‘B’ game and an intrasquad contest.
De La Cruz went 5-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 23 games, including 16 starts for Double-A Akron in 2011. He was designated for assignment by Cleveland on February 13.
With the trade, the Rangers have 39 players on the club’s 40-man roster.