Rangers continue to shuffle pitching roster

The Texas Rangers are on the verge of surpassing the 2012 team in one statistic before the All-Star break.

Texas, which has already used 21 pitchers this year, will surpass the 2012 total with the next pitcher used.

That could come as early as tonight as the Rangers have called up both left-hander Joseph Ortiz and right-hander Wilmer Font from Round Rock. To make room for the duo, the club put right-hander Yu Darvish on the disabled list and optioned Wednesday starter Josh Lindblom back to Round Rock. The Darvish move, brought on by a right trapezius strain, is retroactive to July 11.

Ortiz has already had two stints with the Rangers, going 2-1 with a 5.08 ERA in 22 appearances. Font would be pitcher No. 22. He’s pitched for both Frisco and Round this year, going a combined 2-2 with 11 saves and a 1.27 ERA.

Font made three appearances for the Rangers last year.

The Rangers used 22 pitchers during their first World Series year in 2010 and that number jumped to 25 in 2011.

It’s also more than any other team has used in the American League West. Division-leading Oakland has used just 17 pitchers this year. The Los Angeles Angels are just behind the Rangers at 21.