While reliever Garrett Richards has reached free agency after granting a waiver,

It is unclear if Hurler was released by the Rangers.

His return came after Texas named him for the assignment last week.

Richards, 34, signed a one-year guarantee with Texas in the off-season.

He was transferred to the bullpen in the middle of last season with the Red Sox.

Always a hard thrower, Richards averaged a solid 94.4 MPH on his fastball

and 88.6 MPH on a slider that has been his primary offering this season.

He has generated swinging strike on a good 12.1% of his total pitches.

Richards generally leaves a fair amount of tough contact.

Even with a 52.6% ground-ball rate,

He hasn't managed to keep consistent runs off the board at Arlington.