The Texas Rangers signed Manny Ramirez to a minor-league contract.
Ramirez spent three months playing in Taiwan for the Rhinos before leaving the team on June 20. The Rangers made the announcement Wednesday.
Ramirez, 41, hit .352 with eight homers and 43 RBI for the Rhinos. The team tried to keep the 12-time All-Star, but the slugger wanted to return to his family in New York.
Ramirez’s last major-league appearance was with Tampa Bay in 2011. He was suspended for 50 games in 2009 while with the Dodgers after testing positive for a banned drug. He retired in April 2011 instead of serving a 100-game ban for a second positive test, but later agreed to a reduced 50-game suspension and played in the minors for Oakland in 2012.
Ramirez is 14th on the career home runs list with 555.
Konerko, Crain go on DL
The Chicago White Sox placed slugger Paul Konerko and reliever Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list.
Konerko has a strained lower back while Crain has a strained right shoulder.
The team also recalled third baseman Brent Morel from Triple-A Charlotte and purchased the contract of left-hander David Purcey from the minor-league club before Wednesday’s game against Baltimore.
Manager Robin Ventura says he expects Konerko and Crain back after the All-Star break.
Konerko, batting .249 with seven home runs and 30 RBI, returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing the first six games of the homestand. Ventura says Konerko “didn’t feel right” by the end of the night.
Crain, one of the White Sox’s top trade assets, is 2-3 with a 0.74 ERA. His shoulder flared up while he was warming up during Tuesday’s game.
Arizona loses Bloomquist
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed backup infielder Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left hand and recalled outfielder Tony Campana from Triple-A Reno.
Bloomquist was hit by a pitch in Washington last Wednesday, but X-rays did not show a break. The move is retroactive to June 27.
Bloomquist is batting .292 with eight RBI in 22 games. He started the season on the DL with a strained muscle on his right side and was activated May 31.
Campana, acquired in February from the Cubs for two minor-league pitchers, was set to make his Diamondbacks debut. Campana was 54-for-59 on stolen base attempts (91.5 percent) with the Chicago Cubs from 2011-12.
Around the leagues
The Baltimore Orioles optioned infielder Danny Valencia to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Wednesday’s starter Scott Feldman. The right-hander was scheduled to pitch against the Chicago White Sox — a day after he was acquired in a trade with the Cubs. … The New York Yankees placed infielder Jayson Nix on the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday’s at Minnesota because of a strained right hamstring, and signed free-agent infielder Luis Cruz.