ARLINGTON -- A day after he was claimed off waivers, right-hander Logan Verrett started Friday's exhibition game against the Mets, and in all likelihood, he will be the long man in the Rangers' bullpen for Opening Day on Monday.
Verrett threw 2 1/3 innings Friday, allowing one earned run on three hits and striking out three batters in a row in the second inning.
Like outfielder Delino DeShields, Verrett is a Rule 5 Draft player this season. The Orioles selected him from the Mets in December's draft, but let him go at the end of Spring Training.
Verrett pitched for Baylor University and was drafted by the Mets in the third round in 2011. He spent the 2014 season at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he made 28 starts and went 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA.
"The guy's got a full year of Triple-A, he's got a track record of throwing strikes, college kid, intelligent," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We liked him before this, but knowing that we could use a reliever that can go multiple innings played into it."
Verrett also happens to be an Arlington resident.
"I went from not even knowing I was on waivers to getting claimed by the hometown team," Verrett said. "I was ecstatic."
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.