The Texas Rangers have acquired Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox, beefing up their outfield for the stretch run with All-Star Nelson Cruz suspended.
The White Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash. The teams announced the move on Friday.
The Rangers, who began the day a percentage point behind Oakland for the AL West lead, were looking for help. Cruz, their All-Star right fielder and 2011 AL championship series MVP, was suspended 50 games Monday by Major League Baseball following its investigation into the Biogenesis clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. He was leading the Rangers with 27 home runs and 76 RBI.
Rios, 32, is batting .277 with 12 home runs, 26 stolen bases, 55 RBI and 57 runs scored. He joined the White Sox after he was claimed off waivers from Toronto on Aug. 10, 2009.
Making room for Wells
The Philadelphia Phillies designated outfielder Delmon Young for assignment on Friday and made room for outfielder Casper Wells.
Wells was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
Young batted .261 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 80 games. The first overall pick in the 2003 draft signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia in the offseason. He has a career .283 average over eight seasons with four teams.
Wells, who has been part of five organizations this season, will come off the bench in his Philadelphia debut. The 28-year-old was previously with the Mariners, Blue Jays and A’s, along with the White Sox.
Tim Hudson says he plans to return next season from right ankle surgery and hopes he’s still pitching for the Atlanta Braves.
Hudson, 38, sat in the clubhouse Friday waiting to have his cast and staples removed and replaced with a walking boot. He underwent season-ending surgery two weeks ago and begins treatment soon.
Hudson says the Braves, his team since 2005, want to see that he’s fully recovered before discussing another contract. The right-hander agrees, adding “it’s just kind of the common sense thing to do.”
Hudson’s four-year, $36 million contract expires at the end of the season.
Reds’ Hanigan back
Catcher Ryan Hanigan was off the disabled list and back in the starting lineup Friday for the Cincinnati Reds, who took another step closer to getting their lineup intact.
Hanigan had been sidelined since July 11 because of a sprained left wrist. He was activated before the start of a series on Friday night against the San Diego Padres.
Twins’ Doumit on DL
The Minnesota Twins have placed catcher Ryan Doumit on the seven-day disabled list because of a concussion and activated outfielder Josh Willingham from the 15-day DL.
The Twins announced the moves before Friday’s day-night doubleheader.
Doumit says he felt fine on Friday and lobbied to stay on the active roster. He was injured Sunday when he took a foul off the mask in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros and felt nauseated on the flight to Kansas City afterward. He says he didn’t tell anyone or think much of it. But he began to feel ill during Wednesday’s game and had to exit.
Willingham had surgery July 3 to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee.