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Rangers purchase contract of big righty Klein

Southpaw Feierabend designated for assignment to make room on roster

Rangers purchase contract of big righty Klein

The Rangers purchased the contract on Friday of towering right-hander Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock. In a corresponding move, the club designated left-hander Ryan Feierabend for assignment.

Klein, who checks in at 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, has been dominating the Minor Leagues this season and for much of his professional career.

He's thrown 35 consecutive scoreless innings between Double-A Frisco and Round Rock and is 3-0 overall with a 0.52 ERA in 33 outings. Since his June 25 promotion to Round Rock, Klein has tossed 18 1/3 scoreless innings while racking up 28 strikeouts -- good for an average of 13.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

A 30th-round selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Klein has breezed through the opposition to this point in his career. Since making his professional debut in 2011, Klein has tallied a 16-3 record to go along with a 1.87 ERA over 121 appearances, all but two of which have come out of the bullpen.

As for Feierabend, the southpaw posted a 6.14 ERA over six appearances (7 1/3 innings) with the Rangers after his July 12 promotion.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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