Rangers acquire former Longhorn, Georgetown pitcher

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Corey Knebel throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Detroit, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(KXAN) — Late Wednesday night, the Texas Rangers acquired former Longhorn closer Corey Knebel from Detroit for closer Joakim Soria. Jake Thompson, a pitcher in the Tigers’ organization was also part of the deal.

Knebel last pitched for the Longhorns in 2013 and made his Major League debut this season on May 24 against the Rangers. In one inning pitched, he gave up three earned runs on two hits while walking two and striking out one. So far this season, he’s made eight appearances and has a 6.23 ERA in 8.2 innings pitched with 11 strike outs.

It’s not yet known if Knebel will be with the Rangers or sent down to their Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express. He pitched .1 scoreless innings Tuesday night in a Tigers 5-4 loss to Arizona..

In 35 games for Texas, Soria has a 2.70 ERA with 42 strike outs in 33.1 innings pitched.

The Tigers are currently in first place in the AL Central with a 6.5 game lead, while the Rangers are in last place in the West with a 40-61 record.

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