Right-hander Kohei Arihara was designated for assignment Sunday by the Texas Rangers, who signed the Japanese pitcher to a two-year contract last winter.
The move with Arihara before the end of the series against the Chicago White Sox cleared a spot on the 40-man roster for the Rangers to reinstate right-hander Mike Foltynewicz from the COVID-related injury list.
Arihara is 2-4 with a 6.64 ERA in 10 starts this season. He has made three starts since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 1 after undergoing surgery in May for an aneurysm in his throwing shoulder, including conceding six runs in more than four innings Wednesday against the Houston Astros. .
Texas could assign Arihara directly to the minors if it approves the waivers. Then he could be invited to spring training as an off-the-list player with a chance to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
Arihara, 29, pitched six years with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League before signing a $ 6.2 million contract with the Rangers in December. He made $ 3.6 million this season and is due to make $ 2.6 million in 2022.
The Rangers also had to pay a $ 1.2 million posting fee for Arihara.