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July 29, 2013

Source: Manny Ramirez not likely to be called up by Rangers

The Rangers aren't expected to promote Manny Ramirez from Triple A Round Rock to help cure their offensive woes, said baseball source, and the club will likely decide this week if they will keep the veteran slugger in the system.

Ramirez doesn't have an out in the minor-league deal he signed earlier this month, but the Rangers had never intended to keep him dangling. While they have been impressed with his attitude and his presence in the clubhouse, Ramirez hasn't yet shown enough at the plate to convince the Rangers that he can make a difference.

The Rangers haven't decided if they will keep Ramirez in the organization, said the source. Ramirez is batting .269 (18 for 67) with three homers and 10 RBIs in 18 games. He hasn't homered since July 14 and is just batting .237 (9 for 37) in his past 10 games.

"He's been a good teammate and all that," the source said. "You sign a lot of guys to minor-league deals. Sometimes you get Ross Wolf, Neal Cotts and Jeff Baker, but they don't all pan out that way."

The Rangers were shut out Sunday for the second consecutive game and the third time in four games. Only the Angels (80) have scored fewer than the 81 runs the Rangers have tallied this month. The Rangers and Angels open a three-game series Monday.

-- Jeff Wilson



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