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Cotts Earning Long-Term Role in Bullpen



    Neal Cotts is no short-term plug for the Texas Rangers' bullpen.

    After his call-up from Triple-A Round Rock this week, Cotts has continued showing the insane ability to get out left-handed hitters and strike a lot of guys out, and his dominance in an admittedly small sample has ensured himself a role with the Rangers' bullpen for the foreseeable future.

    In Wednesday's game, Cotts came in in the sixth inning with runners on first and second base in a 3-1 game and proceeded to strike out the first three batters he saw. Cotts was death to lefties in Round Rock prior to his call-up to the big club, and now counting his days in Round Rock he's struck out 46 batters in 31 innings and lefties are hitting a big, fat .000 against him in 33 at-bats.

    With the way Robbie Ross is going this year with his nice, crisp 0.42 ERA, the Rangers have quite the lefty combination going in the bullpen even if Joseph Ortiz has fallen off after getting off to such a hot start, similar to the way Ross did last year as a rookie.

    So while there will likely be several pitching moves made, and have been in recent days, with the roster, you can bet on the late-blooming, 33-year-old Cotts not being involved in any of them as he seems to have earned a spot on the big-league roster from this point forward.