Rangers Release Brad Hawpe

The Rangers have released Brad Hawpe from Double-A Frisco at the veteran's request, reports Danny Knobler of CBS Sports (via Twitter).  Hawpe signed a minor league deal with Texas in the offseason, was released by the team in late March and then re-signed a week later to another minor league contract.  According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Twitter link), Hawpe told the Rangers "he's not close to being able to help big-league team."

Hawpe underwent Tommy John surgery on his throwing shoulder last June after posting a .231/.301/.344 line in 216 plate appearances for the Padres.  He has played in 16 games in the outfield for Frisco (plus 19 as a DH), and has a .260/.382/.382 line in 152 PAs with the Double-A affiliate.  Hawpe's health and his comments about his current ability level are a red flag but he will still likely get some looks from teams in need of a left-handed bat.

9 Responses to Rangers Release Brad Hawpe Leave a Reply

  1. Gumby65 3 years ago

    Best of luck to one of the better Dodger killer’s of all time—hated seeing him come to Dodger Stadium :)

  2. Would be nice to see him in the Blue Jays lineup. 

    • HerbertAnchovy 3 years ago

       The Blue Jays really would’ve have anywhere to play him, and they have better options- anyone, really.

    • Thizzie 3 years ago

      I thought the same when Lind went down but he never got healthy

  3. Tommy John on his shoulder?  Uh?

  4. Thizzie 3 years ago

    I saw him at Double A this year and he started strong, around .350 for awhile but tumbled into a 4 for 40 slump that dropped him to .260 then the trip to the DL.  He probably tried to rush back, re-injured himself and played hurt.  Less than a year off Tommy John was optimistic. 

  5. jed_hoyer 3 years ago

    that’s why they released him. they just realized he needs tommy john surgury on his throwing arm as well.

    • Thizzie 3 years ago

      he already had TJ on elbow the post isnt clear on the surgery but says it was at his request

  6. I was just pointing out that Tommy John is a elbow surgery, not a shoulder surgery.  So really the post is only clear that he has been release and had some sort of surgery before.

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