Texas Rangers: Aaron Heilman

Rangers place Tateyama on disabled list

April, 4, 2012
4/04/12
12:48
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FRISCO, Texas -- In addition to signing veteran right-hander Aaron Heilman to a minor league contract, the Rangers placed right-handed reliever Yoshinori Tateyama on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 30 with a low back muscle strain.

Tateyama went 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA in eight spring training games.

"We'll just make sure he'll get his work and get healthy, and when we get close, we'll have a plan; I don't have a plan right now because you don't know where it's going to go," manager Ron Washington said Wednesday before his team's final exhibition game of the spring against the Frisco RoughRiders. "He came up with a back [injury], and we decided it was best we put him on the DL. His outings had nothing to do with anything. We believe in Tateyama and we trust Tateyama, and this is best for Tateyama and for the Rangers. That's why we went that route."

There were no surprises regarding the rest of the roster moves that were announced Wednesday, getting the opening day roster down to 25.

The club sent center fielder Julio Borbon, left-hander Neal Cotts and infielder Luis Hernandez to Triple-A Round Rock; purchased the contracts of left-hander Robbie Ross and infielder Alberto Gonzalez; and designated right-handed pitcher Cody Eppley for assignment.

Rangers sign Aaron Heilman to minor league deal

April, 4, 2012
4/04/12
12:34
PM CT
FRISCO, Texas -- The Rangers announced the signing of RHP Aaron Heilman to a minor league contract. Heilman was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.

Heilman, 33, pitched with Seattle before he was released Sunday.

This spring, Heilman allowed one run over four innings in four "A" games for the Mariners.

Last season, Heilman appeared in 32 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks and also pitched in the minors for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies.

Heilman is a nine-year veteran with a career mark of 35-46 with a 4.40 ERA. He's pitched for the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Arizona in his career.

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