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Ryan Rua pulled off rehab assignment

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Ryan Rua won’t be activated from the disabled list today, and his return is now unknown

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Texas Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua will not be activated from the disabled list today when rosters expand, as was hoped when he started on his rehab assignment earlier this week. Rua, who has been on the disabled list with back issues, left mid-game on August 29 due to a recurrence of tightness in his back, per MLB.com.

With the minor league regular season ending on Monday, this complicates the situation for Rua. He would appear unlikely to be able to return to minor league action by then, meaning that any rehab assignment would be in Surprise or through a simulated game. The Rangers may choose to put him on the 60 day disabled list and shut him down for the year, which would free up a 40 man roster spot for someone else who could come up in September.

Rua is arbitration-eligible after the season and is out of options after this year, so the Rangers will face a decision this offseason on whether to carry him on the roster all winter, or cut him loose so that 40 man spot can be used on someone else.