Hazelwood West High School alum and Florissant native Kyle McClellan is headed back into free agency.
The right-handed pitcher had high hopes for his time with the Texas Rangers but has elected to become a minor-league free agent after a year filled with arm injuries.
McClellan, 29, joined the club as a minor-league free agent in the summer of 2012. The Rangers took him at a time in his career when he'd shown that he could perform with the St. Louis Cardinals, but was recovering from shoulder surgery.
Soon after the move, McClellan had an additional setback during spring training with a strained trapezius muscle. McClellan and the team's management expressed that he would remain a part of the organization while he recuperated.
The Rangers promoted McClellan to the bullpen in June but his performance was what some would consider struggling. In seven appearances, McClellan was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.
McClellan finished the season after being moved down to the Double-A Frisco.