Palmetto Pros: Texas Rangers call up ex-Citadel star Chris McGuiness

New York Yankees' Brett Gardner watches his second inning, three-run, home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Former Citadel standout Chris McGuiness is getting his first shot at Major League Baseball.

McGuiness, a first baseman from James Island, was called up today by the Texas Rangers and will join the team for tonight’s game at Boston.

The Rangers placed first baseman Mitch Moreland on the disabled list with a strained hamstring and called up McGuiness, who is hitting .275 with six homers and 34 runs batted-in in 55 games at Class AAA Round Rock.

McGuiness should get the bulk of playing time at first base over the next two weeks, Texas manager Ron Washington said.

“McGuiness is going to get the majority of the time, the same time Moreland was getting,” Washington told reporters. “I’ll pick and choose with him on lefties.”

McGuiness was traded from the Red Sox to the Rangers in 2010, and was acquired by the Indians during the off-season in the Rule 5 draft. The Indians returned him to the Rangers during spring training.

“Chris is a good defender at first,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “He gives you a good at-bat and he’s earned the opportunity.”

Elsewhere among Lowcountry players in pro baseball:

• Former Wando High School pitcher Drew Cisco has been named to the Class A Midwest League All-Star Game. Cisco, a sixth-round pick by the Reds in 2010, is 2-3 with a 3.32 earned-run average in 11 starts for Dayton this season, with 56 strikeouts against just six walks. The Midwest League All-Star Game is set for June 18 in Dayton.

• Justin Greene (Stratford HS, Francis Marion) was 1 for 5 and scored a run for Class AA Mobile, and is batting .341.

• Asher Wojciechowski (Beaufort, The Citadel) is slated to pitch tonight for Class AAA Oklahoma City against Omaha. He’s 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA since being promoted to Class AAA.

• Marty Gantt (Mount Pleasant, College of Charleston) was 0 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base for Class A Bowling Green. He’s batting .297 with nine steals.

• Catcher John Murrian (Stratford HS, Winthrop) was 2 for 4 with his third double and scored a run for Class A Lakeland. He’s batting .167 in 16 games.

In the majors:

• Brett Gardner (Holly Hill, College of Charleston) hit his sixth homer, a three-run shot in the second inning, and the Yankees beat the Indians, 6-4. Gardner was 2 for 3 and is hitting .265 with 26 runs batted-in.

• Matt Wieters (Stratford HS) was 2 for 4 and hit his eighth homer of the season in the Orioles’ 11-7 loss to the Astros. Wieters hit a two-run homer in the eighth and is batting .237 with 34 RBI.

• Also, former Charleston Southern pitcher Tyler Thornburg was recalled to the majors by the Brewers. He pitched two innings of scoreless relief in a 6-1 loss to Oakland on Wednesday, allowing three hits.

Thornburg, who pitched briefly as a Brewers starter and reliever last season, ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 60 strikeouts, but was 0-7 with a 6.75 ERA in his first 12 starts for Class AAA Nashville.