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Smyly gone when Rangers designate vet pitcher for assignment

Thu Jun 20 1:20pm ET

Players: Cole Hamels, Drew Smyly

Texas Rangers' Drew Smyly wipes his face as he walks to the dugout after turning the ball over during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Smyly gave up three solo home runs to the Indians in the inning. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Drew Smyly (33) celebrates with catcher Tim Federowicz, right, after closing the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Veteran left-hander Drew Smyly has been designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers after losing his spot in the rotation and allowing three consecutive home runs in his last relief appearance.

The Rangers made the move before their series finale against Cleveland on Thursday, when they also optioned left-hander Joe Palumbo to Triple-A Nashville. Texas brought up a pair of lefties, Kyle Bird and Locke St. John, for St. John's possible big league debut.

Smyly didn't pitch in the majors the past two seasons because of Tommy John surgery. The Rangers got Smyly in November from the Chicago Cubs, who last season acquired Cole Hamels from Texas.

The 30-year-old Smyly was 1-5 with an 8.42 ERA in 13 games this season, with nine starts. He allowed 19 homers in 51 1/3 innings. The Indians had three batters in a row go deep against him Tuesday night in a 10-3 loss.

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