The Texas Rangers have claimed left-hander Charlie Leesman off release waivers from the Chicago White Sox, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal adds that Leesman now has five days to accept or reject the Rangers' claim.
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Leesman was released by the White Sox earlier this week. Prior to that, Chicago designated him for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for infielder Tyler Green. Chicago needed to add Greene with second baseman Gordon Beckham hitting the disabled list due to a broken hamate bone in his hand.
The White Sox selected Leesman in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Last season, the southpaw maintained an ERA of 2.47 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio (SO/BB) of 1.98 over 26 starts for Chicago's Triple-A affiliate. He had spent the majority of the previous two seasons in Double-A, maintaining a combined ERA of 3.63 over 38 starts with 1.59 SO/BB.
The 26-year-old owns a career ERA of 3.37 with 1.67 SO/BB over five seasons in the minors.