MLB notebook: Ramirez, Texas agree to minor-league deal

2013-07-04T00:00:00Z MLB notebook: Ramirez, Texas agree to minor-league dealThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ARLINGTON, Texas - Manny Ramirez is apparently cutting his long dreadlocks for another shot at the major leagues.

The Texas Rangers said Wednesday they had agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with the 41-year-old slugger, who hasn't played in the big leagues since 2011 with Tampa Bay.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said part of the deal was Ramirez, twice suspended for testing positive for banned drugs, agreeing to cut his hair and "comply with our minor-league rules on appearance and discipline."

Ramirez was set to report to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, and he will be a designated hitter whenever he is activated. He played for three months in Taiwan before leaving the Rhinos on June 20.

"It's kind of a no-risk flier," said Daniels, indicating there was no time frame for him to be called up to the majors. "We like giving guys second chances. We know on and off the field the good and bad in Manny's career. But we're inclined to give him an opportunity here."

Celebration after no-hitter low key for Reds' Bailey

CINCINNATI - Homer Bailey didn't have much time Tuesday night to celebrate his second career no-hitter. He had to get up early Wednesday to tend to his horses.

Cincinnati's Texas-born right-hander celebrated his no-no against the San Francisco Giants by calling his family while listening to music, he said. He also spent time answering more than 200 text messages from former teammates and current and former major-leaguers - including fellow Texan Roger Clemens - while squeezing in a visit to the two horses he stables locally.

"I had to get up pretty early," he said about his low-key celebration while speaking to the media at his cubicle in the Reds' clubhouse before Wednesday night's game against the Giants.

Former teammates who reached out to Bailey included pitchers Aaron Harang and Kent Mercker and outfielder Laynce Nix, he said, adding that Clemens, a special instructor in Houston's system, said he was going to show his young pitchers a video of Bailey's performance.

"He said, 'Your mechanics and direction were good,' " Bailey said, quoting Clemens. "I said, 'Go ahead. They're not in our division anymore.' "

Inside pitch

• Ryan Braun and Wily Peralta were both feeling better Wednesday, although the Milwaukee Brewers couldn't put a return date on either injured player. Manager Ron Roenicke was heartened by Braun's response to a batting cage session Tuesday. Braun has been out with a bruised right thumb. Roenicke said Braun might be able to return before the All-Star break, which would be earlier than previously expected. Braun said Tuesday night that the thumb is not "pain-free" but is "a lot better than it was." Meanwhile, Peralta was able to work out in the weight room and play some catch a day after a strained left hamstring forced him from a game in the sixth inning.

• Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez grounded out twice and turned a double play Wednesday night in the second game of his minor-league rehab stint with Class-A Charleston (S.C.). Rodriguez is recovering from left hip surgery in January.

• The Yankees placed infielder Jayson Nix on the 15-day DL because of a strained right hamstring, and free agent infielder Luis Cruz was signed to fill in.

• The White Sox placed slugger Paul Konerko and reliever Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list.

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