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March 21, 2013

Rangers reliever Jason Frasor back in camp after daughter's birth

Jason Frasor already has seen the highlight of his camp. He left for his home in Tampa a earlier this week as his wife gave birth to their second child, a baby girl Cameron, on Monday.

“It’s been a great spring just for that reason,” Frasor said. “On the field, it’s been a smooth transition to the team and doesn’t feel much different than Blue Jays camp.”

Frasor, who spent the majority of his big-league career with Toronto, signed as a free agent this winter and is one of the known pitchers in the Rangers’ bullpen. He has thrown five scoreless innings in Cactus League appearances so far going into his sixth appearance today, although he struggled in a minor-league appearance on March 14.

Frasor is in line for the setup role but also would be the backup closer should Joe Nathan not be available this season.

“I’m 35, so I’m not worried about situations like I used to be,” he said. “If the situation arose, I can go out there and get the last three outs. There’s no doubt that inning has a different feel, you can feel that ninth-inning, save-situation pressure. But that doesn’t worry or bother me.”

-- Drew Davison

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