Rangers outright five off 40-man roster

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers have outrighted the following five players off the 40-man roster after the group cleared waivers Wednesday: infielders Andres Blanco and Esteban German and right-handers Omar Beltre, Eric Hurley and Merkin Valdez.

Beltre, 30, spent the entire season on the disabled list after having spine surgery on Feb. 23. He had a brief rehabilitation assignment in the Arizona League, making two appearances in late June and early July, his only live action all year. He opened the season on the 15-day disabled list and was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 8 for the remainder of the year.

Blanco, 27, batted .224 with twp homers and three RBI in 36 games for Texas this season, missing six weeks because of a pair of disabled list stints. He was on the DL from July 7-30 with a stress reaction in his back and Aug. 9-31 with lower back inflammation. He was not on any of the Rangers' postseason rosters this year.

German, 33, appeared in 11 games as a September call-up for Texas after spending the campaign with Triple-A Round Rock. He ranked among Pacific Coast League leaders in steals (second, 44), runs (fourth, 94), and walks (fifth, 72). He was on Texas' postseason roster for all three rounds of the 2011 playoffs.

Hurley, 26, went 8-3 with a 5.55 ERA (52 earned runs/84 1/3 innings pitched) in 16 games/starts for Round Rock in 2011. He endured two DL stints that caused him to make just two starts before June 20. He was on the Rangers’ 60-day DL from April 23-June 23. Hurley was originally selected by Texas in the first round (30th overall) of the 2004 June draft.

Valdez, 29, made five appearances for Texas as a September call-up but was not with the club during the postseason. He was signed by Texas to a minor league contract on July 24 after being released by the Dodgers on July 18.

With these moves and Baltimore's acquisition of right-handed pitcher Darren O'Day on a waiver claim earlier Wednesday, the Rangers have 32 players on the club’s 40-man roster.