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June 22, 2011

Rangers shift Tommy Hunter to bullpen

Right-hander Tommy Hunter, currently on a rehab assignment, will pitch one inning in relief tonight for Triple A Round Rock as the Rangers check to see if he could be an effective option out of the bullpen.

"It's to see if he can do it, see how he recovers," manager Ron Washington said. "That's not in stone."

Washington cautioned to not make too much of the move, but the Rangers have always tried to put together the best 12 pitchers on their roster -- even if that means moving a starter to the bullpen. Hunter, who hasn't pitched this season because of a groin injury, has been a starter his entire big-league career but worked in relief in college at Alabama.

-- Jeff Wilson



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