Blackley threw 4.2 scoreless innings in a win over China on Thursday, allowing two hits while striking out two batters. The bats for Team Australia provided plenty of support, putting up 11 runs to help even its record at 1-1 in WBC play. Blackley signed a minor league contract with the Tigers this winter after spending the 2016 season in Mexico. He has not appeared in the majors since 2013.
Blackley will draw Thursday's start against China for Team Australia in the WBC. Blackley signed a minor league deal with the Tigers in December after playing in Mexico last season.
Blackley agreed to a minor league deal with the Tigers on Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive reports. The Australian-born pitcher spent 2016 playing ball in Mexico, but he does have some major league experience to his name. Blackley can act as either a starter or a reliever, although he'll need to improve upon his career 5.23 ERA and 6.2 K/9 in the big leagues if he wants to get anywhere near the 25-man roster anytime soon.
The Marlins have reportedly signed pitcher Travis Blackley and catcher Jesus Flores to minor-league contracts, according to Baseball America. Blackley last pitched in the majors in 2013, posting a 2-2 record with a 4.83 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings pitched. Flores last played in the majors in 2012, posting a .213 average with six home runs and 26 RBI in 277 at-bats.
Former Rangers pitcher Travis Blackley signed a one-year contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese league, Nikkan Sports reports Thursday. Blackley appeared in 46 games and was 2-2 with a 4.83 ERA for the Rangers last season.