Ramirez, batting cleanup for Triple-A Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League on Sunday, went 1-for-3 with a walk before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the eighth inning of an eventual 4-0 win over Omaha. Ramirez's lone hit, a single, was an opposite-field liner that came in the second inning.
Ramirez, 41, batted .352/.422/.555 this season for the EDA Rhinos of Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League, and the Rangers were impressed enough to give Ramirez a shot. If Ramirez's Triple-A stint goes well, then he could be in line to see part-time duty as a DH for Texas. The right-handed-hitting Ramirez would pair nicely with current Rangers DH Lance Berkman, who's always been more effective when batting from the left side. Berkman, it should be noted, was recently placed on the DL with a hip injury.
For his major-league career, Ramirez has 2,574 hits; 555 homers; 574 doubles; a .996 OPS; and nine top-10 MVP finishes.