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AL West notes: Josh Fields, Paul Clemens, Robinson Chirinos, Julio Borbon

Check out the latest news and notes out of the American League West.

J. Meric

Astros DL Fields, Call Up Clemens

The Houston Astros have placed right-handed reliever Josh Fields on the 15-day DL with a right forearm strain and recalled right-hander Paul Clemens (no relation) from Triple-A Oklahoma City, reports Brian McTaggert of

The first pick in December's Rule 5 Draft, the 27-year-old Fields made Houston's Opening Day roster and was used twice as a ROOGY in the club's opening series against the Rangers. The right-hander felt some discomfort in his forearm after his second outing and has been sidelined since, so his DL stint is retroactive to April 4. GM Jeff Luhnow doesn't think the injury will keep Fields on the shelf for long.

Clemens, 25, is a starter by trade but will likely make his MLB debut out of the bullpen. The right-hander will wear #56 for the Astros.

Rangers claim Chirinos; DFA Beliveau

As the old phrase goes... another day, another Rays catcher acquired by an AL West club. Or something like that. The Oakland A's grabbed former Rays backstop Stephen Vogt in exchange for cash considerations over the weekend, and now the Texas Rangers have followed suit by trading a PTBNL for Robinson Chirinos.

Chirinos, 28, missed all of 2012 after sustaining a concussion during Spring Training, but is thought to be healthy now. The Rangers designated left-hander Jeff Beliveau for assignment to make room for Chirinos on the 40-man.

Borbon's Final Days

The Texas Rangers have another roster decision on their hands come Tuesday, as the club is expected to either trade or DFA (or both) outfielder Julio Borbon to make room on the active roster for No. 5 starter Nick Tepesch, who will be making his Major League debut tomorrow afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Borbon, still just 27, is likely to get picked up on the waiver wire if he ends up there, and may very well stay in the division as the Astros have expressed interest and are at the top of the waiver list as a result of their poor start.


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