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April 23, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Sox reacquire Kason Gabbard


According to Boston.com's Nick Carfardo, the Red Sox have acquired lefthanded pitcher Kason Gabbard from the Texas Rangers. The deal is believed to be for cash considerations, this according to the Dallas Morning News. Gabbard will be returning for his second stint in the Red Sox organization, having been traded to Texas with David Murphy and Engel Beltre for Eric Gagne at the 2007 trade deadline. Pitching out of the bullpen for Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, Gabbard has so far surrendered 7 earned runs on 10 hits and 11 walks in just 6.0 innings pitched (10.50 ERA) for the Red Hawks. The 27-year-old southpaw was originally a 29th-round draft pick by the Red Sox in 2000 and owns a 9-7 record with a 4.53 ERA in 34 major league appearances for Boston and Texas. In his minor league career, Gabbard has pitched to a 32-37 record with a 4.03 ERA with 411 strikeouts in 505.0 innings. He will initially be sent to extended spring training, where he will continue to work to recover from August 2008 surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow.