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Rangers re-sign Brad Hawpe to minor league contract

Apr 7, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

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The Rangers released Brad Hawpe last week, but he has been brought back on a minor-league deal and assigned to Double-A Frisco.

Hawpe, who batted .231 (6-for-26) with a homer during Cactus League action, is expected to split playing time between first base and designated hitter as he continues to build arm strength from Tommy John surgery last August. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com notes that he was not allowed to throw from the outfield during spring training.

Hawpe, a former All-Star with the Rockies, batted just .231/.301/.344 with four homers, 19 RBI and a .645 OPS over 216 plate appearances with the Padres last season.

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