SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Pitcher Justin Miller was one of four players sent to the Minor Leagues on Tuesday. The Rangers also sent back pitchers Neil Ramirez and Jacob Brigham and outfielder Joey Butler.
Miller was the Rangers' Minor League Reliever of the Year in 2011 when he went 9-1 with a 1.81 ERA in 48 games at Double-A Frisco. But he missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery on April 18. He has been throwing bullpen sessions and is probably one to two months away from being able to pitch in a Minor League game.
Ramirez, ranked as the No. 17 prospect in the Rangers' farm system by MLB.com, was sent down after allowing a run in one inning during the Tuesday morning "B" game. He had also allowed five runs in three innings during Cactus League games. Brigman pitched in four games and allowed two runs in three innings. He allowed just one hit, walked three and struck out three. Butler was 4-for-18 at the plate in his first big league camp.
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