Former slugger Manny Ramirez ended his contract in the Taiwan professional baseball league one week early and hopes for another chance to play in the major leagues.
"I don't have other offers, but I'm not retiring," Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com via phone from Taiwan. "I love this game too much as to give it up when I can still play. Dominicans adore playing baseball. Why would I stop playing if I have the conditions to do so?"
The 41-year-old batted .352 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 49 games with the EDA Rhino and boosted ticket sales and TV ratings for the financially strapped league. His Rhinos contract covered the season's first half, which ends June 25, but he asked for his release ahead of that date.
---Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun returned Thursday from his visit with a hand specialist with good news and bad news.
He told reporters that surgery won't be needed but said it "could be a while" before he's healthy enough to be activated from the disabled list.
Braun was placed on the disabled list June 14. After his doctor's visit, he won't take any batting practice for the foreseeable future.
---The Colorado Rockies designated pitcher Chris Volstad for aasignment. The right-hander posted a 4.97 ERA in 47 innings this season with the team's Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. The 26-year-old is 35-51 in six major-league seasons with the Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs and Rockies.