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Rangers claim southpaw hurler Mills


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have claimed left-handed pitcher Brad Mills off outright waivers from the Angels as possible Triple-A depth for their starting rotation. To make room for Mills on the 40-man roster, the Rangers placed pitcher Neftali Feliz on the 60-day disabled list.

Mills is out of options, which means the Rangers would also have to get him through outright waivers before they can send him to Triple-A. That's what the Angels were trying to do.

Mills has spent most of the past four years in Triple-A, where he made 77 starts and two relief appearances while compiling a record of 26-33 with a 4.68 ERA. He averaged 9.6 hits, 3.1 walks and 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings. He has also made 10 starts and five relief appearances at the Major League level with the Blue Jays and Angels with a record of 3-3 and a 7.76 ERA.

The Angels acquired him for catcher Jeff Mathis in the offseason.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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