Feb 20, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT
Big news out of Rangers camp. OK, not really.
According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, Texas has agreed to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Brett Tomko.
The 37-year-old hasn’t pitched in a major league game since September 2009 and is still recovering from the nerve problem that cost him all of the 2010 season.
The Rangers are hoping that he will be ready to contribute in some fashion by the middle of May.
Tomko, a second round pick of the Reds all the way back in 1995, posted a 3.77 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 33/13 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings for the Athletics and Yankees in his last full season. He may have a little something left, but he will probably have to do some serious damage at Triple-A Round Rock this year before the Rangers give him a look in the big league bullpen.
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