James Island alum Chris McGuiness was returned to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday after failing to make the 25 man roster of the Cleveland Indians who had made McGuiness a Rule 5 pick back in December.
A Rule 5 pick must be kept on the 25 man roster by the team that selects him for a full year or else he's offered back to his original team.
The former star at The Citadel hit .195 for Cleveland during Spring Training. The Rangers have assigned McGuiness to Triple-A Round Rock.
The left-handed batter hit .268 with 23 homers and 77 RBI in 123 games at Double-A Frisco in 2012 and was the Most Valuable Player in the 2012 Arizona Fall League with a .283 average and league best 27 RBI.
I've said it before, I wish he wasn't a Rule 5," Indians manager Terry Francona told ClevelandIndians.com on Tuesday. "It's hard for a position player to skip Triple-A and come to the big leagues. It's not altogether fair to expect them to be able to put up numbers. There's so much to like about him."
"I couldn't ask for anything else," McGuiness said to the website of his playing time. "I was in there every day. I got 40 at-bats. You couldn't have asked for more chances. I started a few games. The chances were there. I just couldn't really get into a groove. I couldn't find a rhythm, but that's part of baseball. It goes and comes. It's one of those springs."