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Rangers claim lefty Barnes off waivers from O's

SAN DIEGO -- The Rangers have claimed left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes off waivers from the Orioles, the club announced on Monday.

Barnes was with the Indians organization this past season and went 3-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 25 games (one start) at Triple-A Columbus. Opponents hit .193 off him, including .191 by left-handed batters.

Barnes pitched in 22 games for the Indians in 2012-13, going 0-1 with a 5.20 ERA. He has held left-handed hitters to a .200 average at the Major League level.

Barnes relies on a fastball, changeup and slider. His fastball averages 90-91 mph. He was once considered a potential starter before being converted to relief. He has had to deal with a sprained left wrist that has hurt his development, and his 2014 season was cut short by a strained muscle in his left rib cage.

The Giants originally selected Barnes in the eighth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. He was traded a year later to the Indians for first baseman Ryan Garko. The Indians traded Barnes to the Orioles in November before he was claimed off waivers by the Rangers.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger.
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