Former Wichita State Shocker, and one-time Wichita Wingnut, pitcher Nate Robertson will get a chance to play for the Texas Rangers this season.
Robertson's brother, Josh, confirmed the news to Eyewitness Sports tonight. Josh says that Nate threw in front of both the Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers this offseason.
Nate will leave on February 3rd to compete in big league camp. If he makes the team he will be given a contract.
Robertson was taken in the 5th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball draft by the Florida Marlins. He was traded to Detroit the following year and ended up playing for the Tigers for the next 7 seasons. Robertson split time between the Marlins and the Phillies in 2010. He then received minor league contracts from the Seattle Mariners, the Chicago Cubs and finally the Toronto Blue Jays this past July.
Robertson joined the Wichita Wingnuts in June of 2012 before signing his contract with Toronto less than a month later.
Overall Robertson is 57-77 with a 5.01 ERA during nine seasons in the Major Leagues. Multiple elbow surgeries coupled with a sports hernia surgery have hindered Robertson's career.