|1B Brad Hawpe: Granted release|
by Jason Cole of FutureRangers.com, June 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm ET
Brad Hawpe Profile
The Texas Rangers announced that Double-A Frisco first baseman and outfielder Brad Hawpe has requested––and been granted––his release from the club on Tuesday afternoon.
Hawpe, 32, underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow during last season and has been making a return this year. He signed a minor league contract with the Rangers over the offseason with a non-roster invitation to major league spring training.
The Rangers released Hawpe with about a week remaining in camp in order to give him an opportunity to catch on with another club. But when Hawpe didn't reach a deal with another team, Texas brought him back on a minor league deal at the outset of the regular season.
In 35 games with the Frisco RoughRiders, the Fort Worth native posted a .260/.382/.382 slash line with three home runs, 25 walks, and 39 strikeouts in 35 games.
Hawpe hit well in April but had scuffled in May, going just 14-for-67 (.209) with two doubles, 10 walks, and 20 punchouts. He had most recently been on the Frisco disabled list.