Beavers acquire Matt Blank

Exchange pitcher Jim Brower

By Portland Beavers | August 1, 2006 3:58 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Beavers today acquired left-handed pitcher Matt Blank from the Florida Marlins organization in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jim Brower.

Blank, 30, was a combined 3-2 with a 4.27 ERA in 21 appearances (7 starts) between Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Albuquerque in the Marlins system this season. Blank started the year with Carolina, going 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA (2er, 12.0ip) in seven relief appearances. With the Isotopes, Blank was 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA (26er, 47.0ip) in 14 appearances (7 starts).

Originally an 11th-round pick of the Montreal Expos in the 1997 draft, Blank has a 64-42 record and a 3.67 ERA in 202 appearances (155 starts) during his 10-year Minor League career. In parts of two Major League seasons with the Expos (2000-01), he is 2-3 with a 5.15 ERA in 18 games (4 starts).

Brower, 33, was 5-2 with a 4.98 ERA and one save in 24 relief appearances with Portland. The right-hander joined the Beavers on June 2 after being designated for assignment by the San Diego Padres on May 31.

Brower was 0-1 with a 13.86 ERA (19er, 12.1ip) in 12 games with the Baltimore Orioles to begin the season. He was designated for assignment by the Orioles on May 2 and released on May 8. Brower agreed to terms with the Padres on May 11, going 0-0 with 9.39 (8er, 7.2ip) in six relief appearances with San Diego.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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