Nate Adcock, the Texas Rangers' newest relief pitcher (for now, anyway)...
With Joakim Soria being traded last night, the Rangers have purchased the contract of righthanded pitcher Nate Adcock from AAA.
Adcock is an interesting story, a 26 year old who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2006, traded to Pittsburgh as part of the Ian Snell/Jack Wilson trade, grabbed by the Royals in the Rule 5 draft, claimed on waivers by the D-Backs, and then signed as a free agent after the 2013 season by the Rangers.
Adcock, you will be shocked -- SHOCKED -- to learn, had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in the spring. Upon his return, he's had a 2.76 ERA in 16.1 IP for the Round Rock Express, striking out 14 and walking 5. I seem to recall reading that he's been throwing hard upon his return. He's one of the cast of thousands the Rangers will be sifting through over the final couple of months, looking for another Neal Cotts or Darren O'Day that they can plug into the bullpen in a middle relief role for the next couple of years.