Kirkman Added to ALCS Roster
The Texas Rangers have added former LumberKings’ left-hander Michael Kirkman to the 25-man ALCS roster today. Kirkman (#62) and fellow lefty Clay Rapada were both placed on the roster, while right-hander Dustin Nippert and infielder Esteban German were removed to clear space.
Kirkman, a King for stints from 2006 to 2008 was impressive as a lefty reliever for the Rangers during the regular season. He went 0-0 with a 1.65 ERA in 14 relief appearances, allowing just three runs on nine hits over 16.1 innings, striking out 16 and limiting opponents to a .161 average.
He’s been noticeably in the dugout the entire postseason for the Rangers, but was left off the roster for the ALDS. Looks like Ron Washington and Mike Maddux have decided on extra southpaws to face the likes of Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson. Not to mention the fact that Alex Rodriguez hit .217 against left-handed pitching during the regular year.
Kirkman is the fourth former LumberKing on the Rangers’ ALCS roster, joining second-baseman Ian Kinsler, first-baseman Mitch Moreland, left-hander Derek Holland and right-hander Neftali Feliz.
Game one is tonight at 7:00 PM.