Blackburn was optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock following Wednesday's game against the Mariners, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Blackburn was sent back to the minors to clear room on the roster for Thursday's starter A.J. Griffin (oblique). He didn't appear in a game during his brief stint with the Rangers, so he'll have to wait a little while longer to make his MLB debut as he looks to improve upon his 4.94 ERA with the Express.
Blackburn was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Monday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
With ace Yu Darvish having been dealt at the trade deadline, the Rangers needed a fresh arm in the big leagues. Enter Blackburn, who will head to the majors to make his MLB debut. Although he worked as a starter with the Express, producing a 4.94 ERA, he'll likely act as a long reliever. A.J. Griffin and Nick Martinez are more likely options to fill the vacancy in the rotation.
In return for Blackburn, the Rangers sent Frandy Del La Rosa to the Giants, along with cash considerations. Blackburn pitched one game at Triple-A Sacramento this season, during which he allowed five runs over three innings. Blackburn will begin his time with Texas at Triple-A Round Rock.
Blackburn was DFA'd in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Tim Federowicz, who was called up to serve as backup catcher to Nick Hundley while Buster Posey is on the 7-day DL. He posted a 4.36 ERA with a 101:35 K:BB across 136.1 innings at Triple-A last season. The 24-year-old will likely garner some interest on waivers.
Blackburn was optioned to minor league spring training Monday, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports.
Blackburn had an outside chance of making the 25-man roster this spring, but he wasn't able to impress with a 6.23 ERA over 8.2 innings of work. He will likely join Triple-A Sacramento to start the year and be called upon should injuries strike San Francisco's rotation during the regular season.
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|2016||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||7||10||4.36||25||23||0||0||0||136.1||142||76||66||18||6||35||101|