Right-hander Edinson Volquez is returning to the Texas Rangers, though he isn't going to set foot on a mound for them until 2019.
The Rangers signed one of their former top pitching prospects Friday to a two-year minor-league deal as he recovers from Tommy John surgery late last season. Volquez made is MLB debut in 2005 for the Rangers and was traded away in December 2007 for Josh Hamilton.
Volquez pitched for Miami last season, throwing a no-hitter June 3. But he made only 17 starts, going 4-8 with a 4.19 ERA, before elbow issues ended his season.
The Rangers are planning for Volquez to come to spring training, where he will continue his rehab. He will stay in Arizona at extended spring training after the team returns to Texas for the regular season.