Ryan to stay with Rangers

Nolan Ryan’s status in the front office had been in doubt.

Nolan Ryan’s status in the front office had been in doubt.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nolan Ryan is staying on as Rangers chief executive officer.

After weeks of speculation about his future, and Rangers co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson issued joint statements saying the Hall of Fame pitcher would remain.

Ryan had remained quiet about his plans since it was announced March 1 that GM Jon Daniels and chief operating officer Rick George had been promoted with new presidential titles. Ryan had been president and CEO.

"After productive discussions the last several weeks with Ray Davis and Bob Simpson about the structure of our organization, together we are moving forward," Ryan said. "In my role as CEO, I am focused on working closely with ownership and with Jon Daniels and Rick George to build on the success of the past five years and to bring a championship to Arlington."

In other Rangers news, opening day starter Matt Harrison is going on the disabled list after an MRI exam revealed an inflamed nerve in the left-hander's back.

A GRISLY GIFT: A goat's head addressed to Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts was left in a box outside Wrigley Field. Ricketts is negotiating with city officials and neighborhood business people about a $300 million stadium renovation. Chicago legend says a restaurant owner cursed the Cubs when they wouldn't let his pet goat into Wrigley.

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE: Major League Baseball has created a task force that will study how to increase diversity in the game, especially among black players. Rays owner Stuart Sternberg and Tigers president Dave Dombrowski will help run the 18-member committee.

JETER HEALING: Yankees SS Derek Jeter resumed onfield hitting for the first time since being shut down last month by left ankle soreness. Jeter took 32 batting practice swings at the minor-league complex in Tampa and ran for the second straight day.

BOSOX STARTER on dl: RHP John Lackey went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained biceps and will be replaced in the rotation by RHP Alfredo Aceves. Also, SS Stephen Drew was activated from the disabled list and SS Jose Iglesias was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

BRAVES BOOST PEN: Atlanta acquired RH reliever Luis Ayala from the Orioles for minor-league LHP Chris Jones. The Braves lost setup man Jonny Venters for a month with a sprained left (pitching) shoulder.

A'S: SS Scott Sizemore re-tore the ACL in his left knee and will need reconstructive surgery for the second time in two years.

BLUE JAYS: OF Casper Wells was claimed on waivers from the Mariners.

INDIANS: RHP Carlos Carrasco, who on Tuesday was ejected from his first start since 2011, was demoted to Triple-A Columbus.

MARINERS: CF Michael Saunders was diagnosed with a right shoulder sprain after crashing into the wall while making a catch.

REDS: LH reliever Sean Marshall, who has been bothered all season by left shoulder tendinitis, went on the 15-day disabled list.

WHITE SOX: 2B Gordon Beckham sat out with nerve irritation in his left wrist.

Ryan to stay with Rangers 04/10/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:35am]

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