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Matt Ginter

Houston Astros — No. --
Pitcher
Born: December 24, 1977 (1977-12-24) (age 32)
Lexington, Kentucky
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 1, 2000 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
(through 2008 season)
Win–Loss     5–7
Earned run average     5.43
Strikeouts     132
Teams

Matthew Shane Ginter (born December 24, 1977 in Lexington, Kentucky), is a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros organization.

He started 2005 with the Detroit Tigers, but on June 22, the Tigers outrighted his contract to their Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens. He was recalled again, but sent back down on October 10, along with four other players. They all refused the assignment and became free agents. He was signed by the Boston Red Sox to a minor league contract, and started 2006 pitching for the Pawtucket Red Sox. He had a strong start to the season, notably pitching 8 innings of 2-hit shutout baseball on April 23, and lowering his season ERA to 2.35 and his K/BB rate to 7. He was a strong candidate to be called up to the Boston Red Sox to join the starting rotation, temporarily, while David Wells recovered from a knee injury.

Ginter exercised an out clause in his contract after going 3–9 in Pawtucket and not being called up before July 1. Ginter started 2007 with the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, but after becoming a free agent, signed in late August with the Milwaukee Brewers, and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. He became a free agent after the season.

On December 21, 2007, the Cleveland Indians signed Ginter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The Indians called Ginter up to start on July 12, 2008. In his first major league appearance in three years, Ginter went 5 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts to record the win. After spending time on the disabled list, Ginter was sent outright to the minors on August 25 and became a free agent at the end of the season. In January 2009, he signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He filed for free agency after the season.

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