Buzz: Rangers call up Ortiz, Font

BALTIMORE-- The Rangers made several moves Thursday, starting with Yu Darvish being placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career.

Darvish is on the DL due to a right trapezius strain. He was scheduled to start Thursday's game with the Orioles, but Ross Wolf gets the nod instead. Wolf said Wednesday that he thinks he can give the Rangers 75-80 pitches.

The Rangers optioned right-hander Josh Lindblom, who started Wednesday’s 6-1 loss, to Triple-A Round Rock. They also recalled left-hander Joseph Ortiz and right-hander Wilmer Font from Round Rock.

Darvish can come off the DL on July 22, when the Rangers start a four-game series with the Yankees. He leads the majors with 157 strikeouts, and opponents are hitting just .194 versus him -- best in the American League.

Lindblom is 1-3 this year after last night’s loss. He gave up six runs in the first four innings but made it through 5 ⅓ innings and threw 119 pitches on a hot and humid night in Baltimore. He has made five starts and pitched in eight games over three tours of duty with the Rangers in 2013.

“It’s just kind of part of the game,” Lindblom said. “You go out and throw as much as I did yesterday, and we need arms, and that’s what important right now, that we get guys that are fresh and can throw and help teams win ballgames.”

Ortiz also is coming up to the Rangers for the third time in 2013. He’s 2-1 with a 5.08 ERA in 22 relief appearances. He last pitched for the Rangers on June 20 versus Oakland.

For Font, this will be his first time with the Rangers this season. He pitched in three games with Texas after being called up last September, his first major league action. Font was 1-0 with one save at Round Rock in four games after going 1-2 with 10 saves at Double-A Frisco before that.

Staying tough: Ron Washington spoke for several minutes before the game about how proud he’s been of the mental toughness the Rangers have shown as they’ve battled through numerous injuries.

The skipper said he’s glad that the Rangers have gotten good performances from younger players. They’ve stepped up and gained key experience that can help them and the team down the road.

Washington said he’s never dealt with a season littered with this many injuries.

“It happens, you know, and you’ve got to play,” he said. “You’ve got to send nine out there.”

Then he stopped and smiled.

“There were a couple times I tried to stop the season until we got healthy,” he said. “They wouldn’t let me do it.”

Looking forward to Detroit: Washington already had thoughts of the Detroit Tigers and their tough lineup creeping into his head before the series finale with Baltimore on Thursday.

The skipper knows his team is going to be battling Detroit’s brutal 1-2 combination of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, who’ve been crushing pitching all season. Cabrera hit his 30th homer Thursday and has 94 RBIs and a .366 batting average.

Fielder has a .267 average with 16 homers and 69 RBIs.

“If you execute pitches on Prince, you might get lucky,” Washington said. “You’re not getting lucky with Cabrera. It’s like picking poison.”