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New father Patton joins Rangers' pitching staff

New father Patton joins Rangers' pitching staff

ARLINGTON -- Pitcher Spencer Patton joined the Rangers on Thursday. He was supposed to be in Kansas City as one of the September callups but was delayed because his wife was giving birth to their first child -- son Bruer -- on Wednesday.

One day he is a new father, the next day he is in the big leagues.

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"It hasn't sunk in yet," Patton said. "It has been pretty surreal and exciting."

The Rangers acquired Patton from the Royals on July 16 in exchange for pitcher Jason Frasor. He was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and four saves in 15 relief outings for the Round Rock Express.

"He's a strike-thrower, commands the baseball … a competitor," manager Ron Washington said. "We're going to get him out there and see."

The Royals drafted Patton in the 24th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Southern Illinois Edwardsville. He was pitching at Triple-A Omaha at the time of the trade.

"I was actually at the Triple-A All-Star game," Patton said. "I was out to breakfast with family when our Minor League coordinator called. I wasn't expecting it but I was happy with it."

To make room on the Major League roster, the Rangers placed Shin-Soo Choo on the 60-day disabled list. The Rangers now have 11 players on the 60-day disabled list.

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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