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March 21, 2009

Rangers sign Gobble

The Texas Rangers announced late Saturday the signing of free-agent reliever Jimmy Gobble to a minor league contract.

The left-hander, who was released Friday by the Kansas City Royals, will be in big league spring training Sunday. Gobble, 27, is a six-year veteran who was 0-2 with an 8.81 ERA in 31 2/3 innings last year with KC.

The Rangers have two left-handers who are considered locks for the bullpen, former All-Star closer Eddie Guardado and 2008 closer C.J. Wilson. Both of them, however, have suffered from injuries recently.

Wilson had a blister on his middle finger but threw an inning Saturday against Colorado. Guardado has complained of a sore shoulder but has thrown bullpen sessions the past two days.

— Jeff Wilson

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