Alexi Ogando was placed on the disabled list early Tuesday with right shoulder inflammation. Rangers Executive Vice President of Communications John Blake tweeted at 1 p.m. Tuesday that the Rangers had officially purchased Travis Blackley from Round Rock, the Rangers AAA affiliate.
So, everything is official and Blackley will take the hill at 7:05. But who exactly is Travis Blackley?
Here are some quick facts about the newest Texas Ranger:
Bio: Blackley, 30, was born in Melbourne, Australia. The left-hander stands 6-foot-3, 205 lbs. He will wear no. 59 as a Ranger.
Rangers timeline: The Rangers acquired Blackley from the Houston Astros on Aug. 14 in exchange for cash considerations. He was added immediately to the Round Rock Express roster. Blackley started one game for Round Rock, throwing three innings, allowing just one hit and no runs. The Aussie struck out two and walked two. It was announced Monday that Blackley would be the Rangers’ starting pitcher for Tuesday night’s game against his former team, the Astros.
Career notes: Blackley’s start Tuesday with Texas will mark the eighteenth MLB affiliate he has pitched for in 12 seasons. Blackley has been a part of 13 minor league clubs and four major league clubs prior to the Rangers. Blackley has also taken the mound as a member of two international teams. He pitched for the Melbourne Aces in the inaugural Australian Baseball League season in 2010, and for the Kia Tigers in the Korean Baseball Organization in 2011. Blackley’s American experience includes two stints with the San Francisco Giants and two stints with the Oakland A’s, along with time in Seattle and Houston.
2013: Blackley has pitched in 35 games for the Astros this season, all in relief, accumulating a 4.89 ERA. The 30-year-old pitched in one game for Oklahoma City, the Astros’ AAA affiliate, in which he surrendered one run in two innings. His WAR (wins above replacement) rating stood at 0.1 for the hapless Astros.
The last time Blackley started a major league game, he was an Oakland Athletic, pitching against the Texas Rangers. Blackley’s 2013 Win-Loss with average team rating (waaWL%), another sabermetric stat that predicts the win-loss record of an average team in games in which a player plays, stands at .497. The numbers suggest that Blackley is a guy who will keep his team in games. For now, he replaces Ogando, who has a 3.47 ERA in 2013, but has seen more than his share of time on the disabled list.