The Texas Rangers have released Manny Ramirez from Triple-A Round Rock, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Ramirez signed a minor league deal with the Rangers on July 3rd as part of his comeback attempt.
In thirty games with Round Rock, Ramirez hit .259 with 3 HR and 13 RBI in 108 at-bats.
After a strong start, it was thought that he would earn a promotion to the majors when Nelson Cruz was suspended due to his connection to the Biogenesis scandal, but reports at the All-Star break noted that Ramirez was not part of the team's plans for the rest of the season.
He may look for an opportunity elsewhere to finish the season, but this likely signifies the end of the 41-year old's long and unique career.
Before signing with the Rangers, Ramirez also received interest from the Washington Nationals, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, but it is unclear if the Nats' previous interest means that they would take a chance on the slugger at this time.
Ramirez began the season with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan, and impressed scouts with his .352 average, 8 home runs, and 43 RBI. He decided leave the team to pursue opportunities with major league organizations, and signed with the Rangers after a couple weeks.
In 19 major league seasons, Ramirez was named an All-Star in twelve different seasons and has posted a .312 average with 555 HR and 1831 RBI. He last saw major league time with the Rays in 2011, when he appeared in five games before retiring due to his second suspension resulting from a violation of the league's drug policy.