CLEVELAND — Midview High School product Ryan Feierabend is back in the big leagues.
The 28-year-old left-hander, who was a third-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2003, was promoted by the Texas Rangers from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.
Feierabend, who spent the first seven seasons of his professional career with Seattle, last appeared in the majors in 2008. He missed all of the 2009 season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left elbow.
As recent as 2012, Feierabend was pitching in the independent league and contemplating a change of career.
“After coming back from surgery, everyone expects that things are going to be just like they were before,” Feierabend told MLB.com. “Going from being a prospect with Seattle to basically a nobody finding myself in independent ball two years ago — sure, I had times where I thought I was going to have to retire being 26 years old. But I’m glad I stuck with it, and I’m glad that the Rangers took a chance on me.”
Feierabend went 1-4 with a 7.71 ERA in eight starts for the Mariners in 2008 and owns a career 2-11 record and 7.22 ERA in 25 big league games (19 starts).
He is 8-5 with a 4.54 ERA in 19 starts for Round Rock this season, going 6-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 24 games (16 starts) last year.