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 BALTIMORE (AP) -The Texas Rangers recalled infielder Travis Metcalf from Triple-A Oklahoma on Wednesday and optioned left-handed reliever A.J. Morris to the same club.
The move, which came before the Rangers' doubleheader against the Orioles, provided Texas with an ample backup for shortstop Michael Young, who left Tuesday's game in the fifth inning with back stiffness.
``He's here because of Michael's back,'' manager Ron Washington said about Metcalf. ``We wanted to make sure we had the infield covered.''
Young was in the starting lineup at shortstop for Wednesday's first game and singled in his first at-bat.
``We didn't know how Mike would react, but he came in happy and jovial and bouncing around so his back feels good,'' Washington said, adding that he would use Young in the second game if he felt no pain in the opener.
Washington said Metcalf would play third base in Wednesday's second game regardless of Young's status.
This is Metcalf's third stint with the Rangers this season. He made his major league debut in May and was batting .230 in 35 games through Tuesday.
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