Rangers dump pitcher Sidney Ponson

June 6, 2008 at 10:19 PM
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ARLINGTON, Texas, June 6 (UPI) -- The Texas Rangers have designated pitcher Sidney Ponson for assignment and re-instated another right-hander, Vicente Padilla, off baseball's bereavement list.

Both moves were made Friday.

Padilla was placed on the bereavement list Monday to tend to a family emergency in Nicaragua.

The Rangers said on their Web site that the release of Ponson came after off-field issues in the past few weeks.

"Based on recent events, I don't think Sidney wants to be here or deserves to be here," said General Manager Jon Daniels, who added that Ponson was put on notice after creating a disturbance at the hotel bar in St. Petersburg, Fla., during the team's last road trip.

Ponson, a journeyman, was 4-1 in nine starts (55 2/3 innings) with an ERA of 3.88, 16 walks and 25 strikeouts.

In the previous three seasons, he also pitched for the New York Yankees, St. Louis and Minnesota.

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