Rangers Designate Ponson For Assignment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ARLINGTON -- Texas right-hander Sidney Ponson was designated for assignment in a surprise move before tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

That opened a roster spot for Vicente Padilla to start tonight for Texas.

Padilla was reinstated from bereavement leave. He'd been in his
native Nicaragua since Sunday to attend to a personal family matter
-- missing one start.

Texas general manager Jon Daniels was vague about Ponson, saying he'd been dumped, quote: "for disrespecting teammates and club
personnel."

Texas has ten days to trade, release or outright Ponson to the
minors.

Daniels said Ponson had done nothing illegal and hadn't violated
any club rules.

The Rangers signed Ponson as a minor league free agent on March
10th, and the 31-year-old Aruba native began the season with
Triple-A Oklahoma.

He was called up by the Rangers on April 26th. He went 4-1 with
a 3.88 ERA.


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