Report: Manny Ramirez subjected to drug test at Triple A Round Rock

Thursday July 11th, 2013

Manny Ramirez hit with EDA of the Taiwan League. (AFP/Getty Images) Manny Ramirez has cut his hair and received positive reviews since leaving the EDA Rhinos of the Taiwan League. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Rangers have had nothing but positive reports on Manny Ramirez's bid to return to the majors. Actually, they are keeping their fingers crossed that at least one report on Ramirez doesn't come back positive.

A source told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Ramirez was among the non-roster players subjected to a random drug test during his first week at the Rangers' Triple A affiliate Round Rock. Ramirez signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers last week.

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Ramirez, who twice has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, has been a model citizen with Round Rock, according to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels.

From the Star-Telegram:

"The reports have all been very positive," Daniels said. "The guys say he's been in the cage early and often, and generally has been a good influence."

Ramirez, 41, has cut his hair in accordance to the team's minor-league rules and is batting .250 with a home run and three RBIs in a dozen at-bats.

Despite the promising start, Daniels isn't ready to plan Ramirez's return to the Rangers' roster.

From the Star-Telegram:

"I don't have high expectations, and I don't have low expectations," Daniels said. "It's truly a situation where we didn’t have anything to lose by taking him. There's a chance he makes a contribution, but we're taking it day by day. It'll be a few weeks before we know if he'll be able to contribute."

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