Tucker claimed by Rangers

Ryan Tucker, who this season became the second Zephyr to make consecutive Opening Day starts, saw his often-tumultuous tenure with the Florida Marlins organization come to an end on Wednesday, when the Texas Rangers claimed him off waivers.

Despite those back-to-back Opening Day assignments, Tucker made just 11 starts for the Z’s over two seasons, going 1-7 with a 6.75 ERA. His time in New Orleans was limited by knee and oblique injuries in 2009, and a dispute with the coaching staff in 2010. His final start with the Zephyrs came on May 17, when he allowed seven runs on six hits and four walks in three innings, and argued with umpires while leaving the field.

He did not pitch again for a month, and spent most of the remainder of the season with Class A Jupiter, where he posted a 6.00 ERA in 23 relief appearances.

Also on Wednesday, the Marlins outrighted outfielder Brett Carroll, left-hander Taylor Tankersley, right-hander Tim Wood,
infielder Hector Luna and catcher Mike Rivera to New Orleans.

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