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Rangers sign RHP Chris Tillman to Minor League contract

Veteran starter expected to join Round Rock in next few days

The Texas Rangers announced that the club signed free agent right-handed pitcher Chris Tillman to a Minor League contract Thursday. Tillman is expected to report to Triple-A Round Rock at some point in the next few days.

Tillman, 30, went 1-5 with a 10.46 ERA in 7 games/starts with Baltimore this season, with his last start for the Orioles coming on May 10 versus Kansas City. He was on the Baltimore disabled list from May 11-July 19 with a lower back strain, going 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA (20 ER/26.2 IP) in 6 games/starts on an injury rehabilitation assignment with 4 different Orioles affiliates. He last pitched for Triple-A Norfolk on July 15 against Gwinnett (5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R-ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 100 pitches/61 strikes). Tillman was designated for assignment on July 20 and unconditionally released on July 27.

The Texas Rangers announced that the club signed free agent right-handed pitcher Chris Tillman to a Minor League contract Thursday. Tillman is expected to report to Triple-A Round Rock at some point in the next few days.

Tillman, 30, went 1-5 with a 10.46 ERA in 7 games/starts with Baltimore this season, with his last start for the Orioles coming on May 10 versus Kansas City. He was on the Baltimore disabled list from May 11-July 19 with a lower back strain, going 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA (20 ER/26.2 IP) in 6 games/starts on an injury rehabilitation assignment with 4 different Orioles affiliates. He last pitched for Triple-A Norfolk on July 15 against Gwinnett (5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R-ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 100 pitches/61 strikes). Tillman was designated for assignment on July 20 and unconditionally released on July 27.

Originally acquired by the Orioles in a February 2008 trade with the Mariners involving Erik Bedard, Tillman has spent his entire big league career in the Baltimore organization. Over four seasons from 2013-16, he posted a 56-30 record with a 3.91 ERA in 128 games/starts for the O's, ranking among American League leaders in that span in wins (T3rd), starts (T3rd), and innings (9th, 758.2). He was selected to the A.L. All-Star team in 2013.

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