Notes: Rangers release Manny Ramirez after power drought in minors

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The Rangers’ experiment with Manny Ramirez is over.

The team cut ties with Ramirez by releasing the 41-year-old slugger, once one of the game’s most prolific run producers but who hit only three home runs with 13 RBIs in 30 games with Triple A Round Rock.

Ramirez, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2011, was signed by the Rangers to a Triple A contract in early July sight-unseen after a stint with a team in Taiwan.

The Rangers gave the 12-time All-Star a look-see after he hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 49 games in the Pacific Rim.

Ramirez had not hit a home run in his past 22 games at Round Rock after three in his first eight games.

“Based on our evaluation there was not a spot for Manny on the club at this time,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “We released him so he could pursue other opportunities.”

The comeback attempt was Ramirez’s second since retiring after a second violation of Major League Baseball’s substance-abuse policy.

Cruz headed home

Despite a report last week to the contrary, Jon Daniels said Tuesday that no decision has been made about the availability of Nelson Cruz if the Rangers advance to the postseason.

Cruz, suspended for 50 games for violating the league’s mandate banning performance-enhancing drugs, will be departing for the Dominican Republic for more than 10 days to work out at home and at the Rangers’ complex in Boca Chica.

“We want to do what we can to keep him in as good a baseball shape as possible,” Daniels said.

Whether he would be activated depends on “a lot of different factors,” Daniels said, including his conditioning and how the team is jelling and performing.

Lewis surgery

Team officials announced that Colby Lewis’ hip surgery will be more significant than a minor procedure to clean up bone spurs. The Rangers’ right-hander will undergo hip joint resurfacing, which is another form of replacement.

Lewis said he won’t be able to return to baseball activities for six months.

Dr. Ed Su will perform the surgery Aug. 22 in New York.

“I knew it would need to be replaced at some point in my life,” said Lewis, who had been rehabilitating from triceps tendinitis after elbow surgery. “This gives me the best opportunity to come back and be pain free.”

Rosales back

Adam Rosales might well be road weary, but he can’t say he’s not loved by the AL West frontrunners.

The utility infielder has been designated for assignment four times in 13 days and claimed three times, including twice and most recently again by the Rangers, who needed to fortify their infield after trading Leury Garcia to the Chicago White Sox as part of the Alex Rios deal.

Engel Beltre was sent to Round Rock to make room on the roster.

Rosales was originally waived by Oakland and picked up by Texas, which had to designate him after needing an extra outfielder between Nelson Cruz’s suspension and the Rios trade. He played one game with Oakland after being picked back up but designated again after the A’s needed to make room for pitcher Sonny Gray.

“I feel like a ping pong ball kind of,” said Rosales, who’s not complaining about his circumstances. “I’m here today and I know I’m a Ranger today.”

Briefly

• Lance Berkman, rehabilitating in Frisco while coming back from a hip injury, will be reassessed every couple of days, Jon Daniels said. The Rangers’ DH played Tuesday and will again Wednesday.

• Right-handed pitcher Neftali Feliz (triceps tendinitis) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday with a continuing eye toward a September return.

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