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MLB: Texas Rangers acquire pitcher Jason Grilli from Toronto Blue Jays

By The Sports Xchange
The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed relief pitcher Jason Grilli from the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday in exchange for minor league outfielder Eduard Pinto. Photo courtesy of Toronto Blue Jays/Twitter
The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed relief pitcher Jason Grilli from the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday in exchange for minor league outfielder Eduard Pinto. Photo courtesy of Toronto Blue Jays/Twitter

The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed relief pitcher Jason Grilli from the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday in exchange for minor league outfielder Eduard Pinto.

The Rangers also activated right-hander Tony Barnette from 10-day disabled list ahead of Sunday's game in Chicago against the White Sox.

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Grilli is expected to join the Rangers on Monday for a home game against the Boston Red Sox. The club will make a corresponding 25-man roster move at that time.

The Rangers need bullpen help as they lead the major leagues with 16 blown saves this season.

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The 40-year-old Grilli was 2-4 with a 7.97 ERA over 26 2/3 innings with one save in 26 games with Toronto this season before being designated for assignment on June 27.

Grilli is 34-46 with 79 saves and a 4.18 ERA in 575 career appearances with the Miami Marlins (2000-01), Chicago White Sox (2004), Detroit Tigers (2005-08), Colorado Rockies (2008-09), Texas Rangers (2009), Pittsburgh Pirates (2011-14), Los Angeles Angels (2014), Atlanta Braves (2015-16) and Blue Jays (2016-17). He was a National League All-Star in 2013 when he posted 33 saves for Pittsburgh. He also saved 24 games for Atlanta in 2015.

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Grilli was acquired by Texas from the Colorado in June 2009 and was 2-2 with a 4.78 ERA in 30 games as a setup reliever for the Rangers the rest of that season.

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Pinto was hitting .311 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 46 games for High-A Down East this season.

Barnette was placed on the 10-day DL on June 16, retroactive to June 15, with a right ring finger sprain. He worked three scoreless innings in two outings on injury rehab assignment at Round Rock. Barnette is 1-1 with a 7.23 ERA in 23 relief appearances with the Rangers in 2017.

In addition, the Rangers optioned right-hander Tanner Scheppers to Triple-A Round Rock and designated right-hander Preston Claiborne, who is on option at Round Rock, for assignment to make room for Grilli on the 40-man roster.

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Scheppers was purchased from Round Rock on June 19 and was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in five games with the Rangers.

Claiborne has spent most of 2017 with Round Rock, going 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA and 13 saves.

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