Manny Ramirez singled in three at-bats and walked once in his return to organized baseball with Triple-A Round Rock of the Rangers? organization on Sunday night.
Ramirez, a 12-time American League All-Star, singled in his first at-bat against hard-throwing right-hander Yordano Ventura with Omaha, of the Kansas City organization. Ramirez grounded into a fielder?s choice and struck out in four pitches in his next two at-batsl. Ventura began play having allowed 66 hits with 101 strikeouts at the Double- and Triple-A levels this season.
In his final plate appearance, Ramirez worked left-hander Buddy Baumann for a walk and was removed for a pinch-runner.
Ramirez, 41, lasted played in North American on May 30, 2012, with Triple-A Sacramento of the Oakland organization. He was released at his request and did not play again last season. He played in the four-team, Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball Association this year before leaving to pursue a return to the major leagues.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has said there is no timetable for the Rangers to decide if Ramirez can play in the majors. He lasted appeared in a major-league game on April 6, 2011, with Tampa Bay. Ramirez ?retired? in advance of a 100-game suspension for excessive levels of testosterone. Major League Baseball considers the suspension as having been served.