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Passan: No Manny Ramirez callup on the way

Jul 26, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

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Sources tell Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan that the Rangers have no plans to call up Manny Ramirez, even with regular designated hitter Lance Berkman making little progress with his leg problems and weighing retirement.

Ramirez went 1-for-4 on Thursday and is hitting .250/.318/.417 with three homers in 15 games for Triple-A Round Rock as he attempts a major league comeback after playing in Taiwan earlier this season.

“This isn’t Manny Ramirez,” a scout told Passan. “This is a 41-year-old still trying to play baseball and not doing it very well.”

At least, he’s not doing it very well two-thirds of the time. Ramirez has actually destroyed left-handers so far, hitting all three of his homers off them. He’s 7-for-21 against southpaws, compared to 8-for-39 with just one extra-base hit (a double) against righties.

But even if Manny could still hit lefties in the majors, there just isn’t much room for platoon DHs on teams with 12-man pitching staffs. The Rangers probably won’t give him a look unless they think he can handle a bigger role.

  1. moemoe24 - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    I think when all this steroid talk broke that did it for manny Ramirez, especially the rangers who want to distance themselves from the PED users since they had so many in the past. I can understand this decision too. Just looks bad with all that’s going on to put someone on your roster who is a known cheater.

    • eightyraw - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      You mean the steroid talk that began long before the Rangers signed Manny?

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Now that’s quite a reach. If he could hit consistently he’d be called up. Plain and simple.

  2. artisan3m - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    If he could hit? AAA isn’t the majors but Ramirez is carrying a combined .269, .333 against lefties. That’s better than Cruz, Berkman, Andrus, Moreland, Profar, Gentry, Soto, and Murphy who occasionally play for the Rangers. But yes, I do understand the ‘image’ thing and with Cruz facing possible suspension, bringing up another PED-ophile might not work. I’d rather have Michael Young back ~ and those talks are progressing.

    • eightyraw - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Might want to consider the sample size here. And batter-handedness. And defensive position. Manny hitting better against lefties in 23 AAA PA’s than the CF defensive wizard Craig Gentry or the 20yo super-utility wunderkind Jurickson Profar means next to nothing.

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