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Rangers Release Ramirez, Shut Down Harrison for the Season

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Manny Ramirez has been released from his minor league contract by the Texas Rangers.

The 41-year-old Ramirez hit .259 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 30 games for Triple-A Round Rock after agreeing to a deal early last month. He hit all of the homers in the first eight games.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that Ramirez was released so he could pursue other opportunities if he chooses.

Daniels said, based on the team’s evaluation, there wasn’t a spot on the Rangers roster for Ramirez.

The 12-time All-Star is a .312 career hitter, and is 14th on the career home runs list with 555. He started out the season playing in Taiwan.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _¬†Opening day starter Matt Harrison won’t pitch again this season for the Texas Rangers.

Harrison made only two starts at the beginning of the season before two operations on a herniated disk in his lower back. He had been pitching in rehab games before feeling a twinge in his elbow and numbness in his hand last week.

General manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that Harrison met with the team doctor and the surgery who did the operations. They determined that Harrison’s back
wasn’t strong enough, and that he was making adjustments in his delivery that led to his symptoms. While there’s nothing structurally wrong with the elbow, Harrison needs additional rest and rehab.

Daniels says Harrison is expected to be fully recovered in time for spring training.

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Posted by on Aug 13 2013. Filed under Sports.

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