Ryan Garko Clears Waivers

May 18th: Garko cleared waivers and will head to Triple A Oklahoma City, tweets MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

May 13th: The Rangers plan on placing Ryan Garko on waivers, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN DallasT.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes that Garko will be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and then put on outright waivers.  The Rangers are making the move to open up a spot for the returning Nelson Cruz.

Texas claimed Garko in April to be used as a backup to Chris Davis who could hit against lefties.  However, the switch-hitting Justin Smoak's presence means that the need for Garko is no longer great.

Garko, 29, has struggled thus far in 2010, posting a .094/.171/.094 slash line in 37 plate appearances.

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