Rangers give Adduci start after 10 years in minors

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers aren’t wasting time in getting September call-up Jim Adduci involved.

Adduci, a career minor leaguer, will make his big-league debut for Texas today as he’s batting sixth and playing left field. Adduci, 28, has been playing in the minors since 2004 but earned his call-up after hitting .298 for Round Rock with 24 doubles, 16 home runs, 65 RBI and 32 stolen bases.

Texas manager Ron Washington said he wanted to get Adduci in a game and with regular left fielder David Murphy struggling, Sunday was the best choice.

“It was a little bit of a surprise but it’s about having fun,” Adduci said. “It’s the same game that I’ve played for a long time. I’m going to go out there, enjoy myself and contribute to winning.”

Adduci’s father Jim spent part of four seasons in the majors and the younger Jim Adduci kept grinding after a 10-year career in the minors.

“It’s just a belief when you’re a kid and you want to accomplish a goal,” Adduci said. “When you set your sights on something, sometimes there’s some stuff that doesn’t go your way. You’ve got to keep pushing and that’s kind of how I felt.”

Adduci was one of seven additions to the Texas roster Sunday.

Texas activated designated hitter Lance Berkman, right-hander Nick Tepesch, left-hander Michael Kirkman and right-hander Neftali Feliz from the disabled list. They also added catcher Robinson Chirinos and right-hander Cory Burns from Round Rock.

To clear 40-man spots, the Rangers released minor league right-hander Justin Miller and designated minor leaguer Joe Benson for assignment.