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06/09/2006 3:54 PM ET
Texas Rangers purchase contract of right-handed pitcher Bryan Corey
RHP Antonio Alfonseca designated for assignment
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ARLINGTON -- Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels announced today that the club has purchased the contract of RHP Bryan Corey from Triple-A Oklahoma and has designated RHP Antonio Alfonseca for assignment.

After signing as a minor league free agent before the season, Corey has pitched in Double- and Triple-A this season. At both levels this season he combined to appear in 25 games and was 1-0, 2.23 with 15 saves.

He began 2006 at Double-A Frisco where he was 1-0, 2.08 with seven saves in 13 games. He threw 17.1 innings and allowed 16 hits, seven runs (four earned) while walking six and striking out 19, holding opponents to a .242 average. After being promoted to Oklahoma, Corey, 33, was 0-0, 0.60 (1 ER/15.0 IP) with eight saves and 16 strikeouts over 12 appearances.

He has a career minor league record of 50-47, 4.06 (342 ER/759.0 IP) with 84 saves and 538 strikeouts over 485 appearances/29 starts. Corey made his major league debut on May 13, 1998 with Arizona vs. Milwaukee. He has made four major league appearances going 0-0, 7.20 (4 ER/5.0 IP) with both the Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Corey will wear No. 37.

Alfonseca had appeared in 19 games for Texas in 2006 and was 0-0, 5.63.

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