Rangers claim pitcher from Pirates

The Rangers have claimed right-handed reliever Ramon Aguero from the Pirates. He has been assigned to Triple A Round Rock.

Aguero, 26, spent each of the previous five seasons (2006-10) with the Pittsburgh organization, going 11-22 with a 4.14 ERA (123 ER/267.1 IP) and 7 saves in 103 career minor league games/30 starts. He has never pitched above the Double-A level. The right-hander has recorded 235 career strikeouts against 101 walks, while opponents have batted .266 (279-1048) during that stretch.

Added to the Pirates’ 40-man roster prior to last season, Aguero combined to go 2-5, 6.14 (20 ER/29.1 IP) with 3 saves over 25 relief appearances for Bradenton (High-A) and Altoona (AA) in 2010 while enduring three separate stints on the disabled list. The Dominican native originally signed with the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent on July 19, 2005. He was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on March 31 after making a pair of relief appearances in Grapefruit League play this spring.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Aguero, the club has transferred right-handed pitcher Omar Beltre from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list. Beltre had spine surgery on Feb. 23 and opened the year on the Rangers’ 15-day disabled list.

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