SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -A day after he suffered a mild right ankle strain, the Texas Rangers on Saturday assigned right-hander Sidney Ponson to minor league camp.
Ponson, making his second start after signing a minor league contract March 9, had to leave Friday's game with the Los Angeles Angels in the top of the fourth.
Ponson stretched awkwardly trying to beat Angels third baseman Chone Figgins to first base leading off the fourth. Ponson hopped twice before sitting down just outside the first-base coach's box and then limping off the field.
Ponson had hoped to crack the starting rotation for the Rangers.
He last pitched in the majors on May 12 for the Minnesota Twins, who released him 10 days later. He was 2-5 with a 6.93 ERA in seven starts last season.
The 31-year-old Ponson won at least 10 games three times in a career spent mostly with Baltimore, including a career-high 17 wins with Baltimore and San Francisco in 2003.
He has a career record of 82-101 with a 4.94 ERA in 245 starts over 10 seasons. He split 2006 between the New York Yankees and St. Louis.
The Rangers also assigned right-hander Elizardo Ramirez to minor league camp on Saturday.
With the moves, the Rangers now have 38 players on the spring training roster, including six non-roster invitees. That figure does not include pitchers Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando, who remain on the club's restricted list because of visa issues in the Dominican Republic.
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