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Reliever Robertson keeping his options open

Reliever Robertson keeping his options open

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have asked veteran pitcher Nate Robertson to go to Triple-A. Robertson is inclined to do so, but will also look for a Major League job. The Rangers will not stand in his way if he can find one.

"Everybody has been first class to me," Robertson said. "I'll let my agent handle that. If there is an opportunity with another team, they'll help me. I have been encouraged by what they say. They like me and I had a good spring but they had to make a decision.

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"I'm not a young buck. I would love to be a Ranger. It's obviously a team that wants to finish the job and win the World Series. That's why they were my first option and my first workout was with the Rangers. As soon as they offered a contract, I signed it. I didn't check to see what other teams were interested. I've got to weigh that with a chance to go somewhere else and further my career."

Robertson has made 187 Major League starts and 36 relief appearances in a 10-year career. But he hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2010 because of injuries, and came to camp having reinvented himself as a side-arming reliever. He went into Wednesday's game with the Angels with a 1.64 ERA for the spring, but the Rangers decided against adding him to the bullpen.

Right now, the bullpen consists of closer Joe Nathan, right-handers Derek Lowe and Jason Frasor and left-handers Michael Kirkman and Robbie Ross. That leaves two spots up for grabs between right-handers Josh Lindblom, Tanner Scheppers and Cory Burns, and left-hander Joe Ortiz. The Rangers might carry three of them for the first 10 days until fifth-starter Nick Tepesch is added to the roster on April 9.

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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