All-Star right-handed reliever with a knack for striking hitters out; he made his MLB debut in 2007 for the Kansas City Royals.
He was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001 as an amateur free agent.
He joined the Texas Rangers in 2013.
He was born in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico.
Slugging first baseman Mike Sweeney was his teammate on the Royals.