ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington didn't waste any time getting 28-year-old outfielder Jim Adduci his major league debut, putting him in the starting lineup on Sunday, batting him sixth and playing him in left field in place of the slumping David Murphy.
Even with the Twins starting a right-hander, Kevin Correia, and Adduci being a right-handed hitter.
"I just wanted to get him in there right away," Washington said, "With Murphy struggling a little bit and they say he's swinging the bat well. I just wanted to take advantage of it."
Adduci can play all three outfielder positions and first base. He batted .415 with two home runs and eight RBIs in his last 10 games for Triple-A Round Rock. He has 32 stolen bases, so he'll add to the Rangers' threat and willingness to run.
Adduci, whose father Jim played briefly in the major leagues, played for 10 seasons in the minor leagues before finally getting his chance Sunday against the Rangers.
"It's been totally worth it," Adduci said. "I accomplished all of my goals."
Expanded rosters: The Rangers officially added seven players on Sunday as major league rosters expanded. Lance Berkman, Nick Tepesch, Michael Kirkman and Neftali Feliz all came off the disabled list. Cory Burns and Robinson Chirinos were recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. And Adduci's contract was purchased from Round Rock.
Kirkman, Feliz and Adduci all had to be added to the 40-man roster. Needing two spots with 39 players on the 40-man roster, the Rangers released pitcher Justin Miller and designated outfielder Joe Benson for assignment.
Gallo's power season: Low-A Hickory's Joey Gallo hit two more home runs to give him 40 for the season on Saturday night, making him the first teenager since Dick Simpson with a 40-plus homer season in the minor leagues. The 18-year-old Simpson hit 42 home runs in the Cal League in 1962.
The 19-year-old Gallo is one homer shy of the Rangers' farm record held by Triple-A Spokane's Tom Robson, who hit 41 long balls in 1974.
Short hops: Washington said DH Lance Berkman will have a pinch-hitting opportunity on Sunday. Berkman, who has been out with hip and knee issues, hasn't played in a game since July 6 ... The Rangers are expected to add more players when Round Rock's season is over on Monday. Pitchers Ross Wolf and Wilmer Font and outfielder Engel Beltre are the likely additions.