The Rangers will select the contracts of first baseman Greg Bird and right-hander Jimmy Herget prior to Friday's game, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Texas already opened a 40-man roster spot by putting injured closer Jose Leclerc on the 45-day IL, but they’ll need to create another spot. First baseman Ronald Guzman has already been optioned to the Rangers’ alternate training site, per the Rangers’ press release announcing Leclerc’s injury.

Bird inked a minor league deal with Texas over the winter.