The Texas Rangers don’t plan to promote DH Manny Ramirez to their major league roster in the near future, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Ramirez, 41, signed a minor league contract with the organization earlier this month after playing two months for a team in Chinese Professional Baseball League.
But in 16 games for Triple-A Round Rock, Ramirez is hitting just .250/.318/.417 with three homers and nine RBIs.
"This isn't Manny Ramirez," a scout told Yahoo! Sports. "This is a 41-year-old still trying to play baseball and not doing it very well."
Ramirez hasn’t had a major league at-bat since April 6, 2011, with the Tampa Bay Rays. Soon after that game, he announced his retirement upon being notified that he had failed a second test for a banned substance and was facing a 100-game suspension. Ramirez announced his intention to return prior to the 2012 season and signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A’s, who released him in mid-June before ever promoting him past Triple-A.
Texas certainly could use some offense. DH Lance Berkman is on the disabled list because of hip and knee discomfort, and right fielder Nelson Cruz potentially is facing a suspension in the wake of the league’s Biogenesis investigation.