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03/29/09 4:30 PM ET

Rangers snag Koshansky off waivers

Club adds depth at first base with former Rockies farmhand

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers, concerned about their depth at first base, have claimed first baseman Joe Koshansky off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. He has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma.

Koshansky basically replaces Nate Gold, who is playing in Taiwan this season. Koshansky hit .300 with 31 home runs and 121 RBIs at Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2008. He also struck out 158 times.

A left-handed hitter out of the University of Virginia, Koshansky was the Rockies sixth round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. He has averaged over 30 home runs and 100 RBIs in his first four Minor League seasons.

He has also played in 35 Major League games, hitting .180 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. He was the Rockies Minor League Player of the Year in 2006.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.