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Neil Ramirez waits to learn trade fate

Neil Ramirez waits to learn trade fate

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Neil Ramirez waits to learn trade fate

FRISCO -- Matt Garza has made three starts for the Rangers since he was acquired on July 22, but there's still a player to be named that the Cubs will receive as part of the trade. Double-A Frisco pitcher Neil Ramirez could be that player, or the Rangers could send two other players to Chicago.

"You hear stuff from the Internet, but I'm just trying to get healthy," Ramirez said. "Whatever happens, happens. It's one of those things you can't control so there's no use in worrying about it. Either way, I just got to get healthy, go back out there and compete again."

Ramirez was placed on the disabled list on July 24, retroactive to July 21, with a right shoulder injury. The 14th best prospect in the club's farm system, according to MLB.com, has had shoulder problems during his six years in the Minors.

"It's kind of been from throwing and a combination of some other things," Ramirez said on the injury. "For the sake of not really wanting to get into that, it was just an off-the-field thing. It wasn't anything serious. I'm just glad to get back out there now."

The Rangers' supplemental first-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft threw a 35-pitch bullpen session this week and plans to have another session Sunday, throwing around 45-50 pitches. If all goes well, Ramirez thinks he'll be ready to return.

"I'm just taking it day by day, but it's definitely feeling a lot better," Ramirez said. "I thought the effort level and intensity was good. I was able to make all my pitches with no problems and felt comfortable."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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