Rangers invite Brazoban for pitching depth

Rangers invite Brazoban for pitching depth

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers, concerned about having enough pitchers, have invited Yhency Brazoban to Major League camp.

Brazoban signed a Minor League contract with the Rangers on Dec. 16 and has been working out at their complex in the Dominican Republic.

"We talked to him this offseason and encouraged him to come to the complex in the Dominican and work out," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "Based on how that looked, we would consider bringing him to Major League camp. He's done that and done well, so we're bringing him to camp [to] compete for the Major League team as well as give us depth."

Brazoban, 30, has pitched in parts of five Major League seasons for the Dodgers, compiling a 10-12 record with a 4.70 ERA and 21 saves in 116 relief outings. He has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2008. Brazoban pitched last season in the Mexican League for both Minatitlan and Mexico City (Red Devils), going 4-3 with a 2.22 ERA in 52 relief appearances.

The Rangers have been dealing with some injuries among their younger pitchers. Fabio Castillo has a stress fracture in his left foot, Miguel De Los Santos is dealing with biceps tendinitis and Wilmer Font is out for the season because of Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.