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July 05, 2013

Rangers notes: Soria says he's ready

Rangers relief pitcher Joakim Soria says he feels ready after back-to-back relief appearances in rehabilitation work at Double A Frisco.

Soria, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, was back in Arlington on Friday, though he hasn't been informed about the next step.

He could be activated or the team might want to prescribe another rehabilitation assignment.

Soria threw only six and eight pitches in setting down Arkansas hitters in order in one inning of work each on Wednesday and Thursday.

Ramirez to start Sunday

Manny Ramirez will make his first start for Triple A Round Rock on Sunday, a team spokesman said.

The Rangers signed Ramirez, 41, sight unseen to a one-year minor-league contract on Wednesday.

Ramirez hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 49 games playing in Taiwan.

He last played, sparingly, with Oakland's Triple A affiliate.

McClellan going to Frisco

Kyle McClellan has accepted an assignment to Double A Frisco, team officials said.

McClellan's preference was Frisco rather than Triple A Round Rock because he has a house in the area.

He could have refused assignment and asked for his outright release.

The right-hander, who was coming off shoulder surgery that ended his 2012 season several months prematurely, was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in seven relief appearances with the Rangers. He had allowed runs in each of his last four games.

No improvement for Baker

Jeff Baker said he has been unable to test his injured right thumb since a cortisone injection on Monday.

Baker is still hopeful that he'll regain range of motion and resume baseball activities in the coming days. He suffered a setback while trying to take batting practice last weekend.

-- John Henry and Drew Davison

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/07/02/4979279/pitcher-josh-lindblom-called-up.html#storylink=cpy

Ramirez hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 49 games for the EDA Rhinos, but left the team in mid-June. According to Rhinos officials, Ramirez told the club he missed his family in New York.

According to his agent, Barry Praver, however, Ramirez missed playing in the majors.

According to FoxSports.com, Praver said: “The reason he decided not to return for the second half was to free himself to be available to play in the United States. This whole thing with Manny in Taiwan was a phenomenon. He invigorated the league. Attendance went through the roof. It was a very positive experience for both sides.

“Manny was so invigorated by his play there that he wants to return to the majors.”

Ramirez played in five games for Tampa Bay in 2011 before testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone, which would have netted him a 100-game suspension. He agreed to retire instead, but decided to return for 2012. MLB and the MLB Players Association agreed he would serve another 50-game suspension, which he did while playing in the minors for Oakland. He took his release in June having not reached the majors and went to Taiwan for this season.

The Rangers have a real need for right-handed power. DH Lance Berkman has struggled over the last two months and his knees are continuing to cause issues for him. An invigorated Ramirez might be able to either spell or eventually replace Berkman.

“If he’s productive and we feel he’d fit our culture here, we’ll give him an opportunity,” Daniels said. “If either of those ends don’t pan out, no harm, no foul.”

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I am available. I am 68; however, I have a nice buzz cut and would be a model citizen in the locker room.

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