Rangers trade rumors: Texas looking for a veteran starter

Bob Levey

The Rangers are searching for a pitcher to start for the team against the Astros on Tuesday.

The Texas Rangers are looking to acquire a veteran pitcher to start for the team Tuesday, reports Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.

Alexi Ogando was scheduled to pitch Monday against the Houston Astros, but received an anti-inflammatory injection in his right shoulder and will skip at least one start. Matt Garza moved his start up one day to replace Ogando, leaving the Rangers without a starter on Tuesday.

Texas would prefer to trade for a starter, according to Fraley. At least two veteran pitchers have cleared waivers: Astros starter Erik Bedard and Nationals starter Dan Haren. Bedard is 3-9 on the season with a 4.49 ERA, while Haren is 7-11 with a 4.79 ERA.

If the Rangers cannot reach a deal for a starter, the team will promote Travis Blackley from Triple-A Round Rock. Blackley will pair up with long reliever Ross Wolf to give the team a spot start.

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