Plagued by injuries since 1999, Erickson has managed to pitch just one full season in the majors over the past five years, going 5-12 for Baltimore in 2002.
The veteran right-hander went 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA in two starts for the New York Mets last month after spending most of the season in the minors recovering from a groin injury. Erickson pitched well in his first outing for New York, yielding one earned run over six innings against Florida on July 19, but was embarrassed in Montreal one week later.
Erickson was pounded for seven runs and seven hits over just two-plus frames in the Mets’ 19-10 loss to the Expos on July 26, spelling the end of his brief tenure with New York.
In need of a veteran presence in their injury plagued rotation, the Rangers traded a player to be named for Erickson prior to Saturday’s deadline.
“Scott Erickson is a veteran pitcher who has an excellent pedigree,” Rangers general manager John Hart said. “We hope he can come in here and help stabilize our staff until we get some of the guys back who are currently on the disabled list.”
Erickson, who won 20 games for the Minnesota Twins during their 1991 world championship season, underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in 2000 which cost him the entire 2001 season. He went 10-20 over the next two seasons.
The Rangers had dropped five of six before taking Tuesday’s series opener 5-4.
Mark Teixeira and Kevin Mench homered, and Eric Young hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning. Young finished 3-for-5 for the struggling Rangers, who posted just their third win in their last 10 overall.
“This game was important, because we didn’t want this thing to start gaining momentum,” Teixeira said. “We needed to stop it as soon as possible.”
The Tigers have dropped back-to-back games following a three-game winning streak.
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