Rangers pick up pitcher from Astros

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers search for starting pitching depth led to left-hander Travis Blackley Wednesday.

The Rangers acquired Blackley from Houston for cash considerations. Blackley has been sent to Triple A Round Rock where he’ll work as a starter.

Blackley was outrighted by the Astros Saturday. Blackley, 30, was 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA in 42 relief appearances for the Astros this season.

Blackley has 23 starts in the majors and is 8-8 with a 5.28 ERA for his career. Half of his victories have come against the Rangers, including two at Rangers Ballpark. In addition the Astros, Blackley has pitched for Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle.

“He’s been a big league starter and he’s had some success,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “He’s certainly had some success against us.  The way our starting pitchers have been dropping, we were very lucky to be able to get a guy like that. Hopefully he can pay some dividends for us.”