The Rangers released outfielder Brad Hawpe from Double-A Frisco at his request on Tuesday. The 32-year-old, who had Tommy John surgery in August, never appeared in a game for the Rangers. He played parts of the last nine seasons in the Majors with three different teams; the Rockies, Rays, and Padres.
According to a spokesman for the Rangers, Hawpe did not believe he was close to ready to make a Major League roster, and felt he was taking a spot that could be put to better use for the organization. Hawpe's last full season came in Colorado in 2009, when he hit .285 with 23 homers and 86 RBIs.
Washington has yet to announce a starter for Friday's series opener with the Rockies in Arlington. Potential candidates include rookie Grimm, who won his first Major League start against the Astros Saturday, and veteran Roy Oswalt, who started for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.
A group of Rangers players headed out to San Diego's Naval Base to watch Navy SEAL training Tuesday morning. Said infielder Michael Young, "it was a great experience, we had a blast."