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Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers placed catcher Yorvit Torrealba on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release on Wednesday.

Torrealba, who was designated for assignment on July 31, will become a free agent on Friday if he is not claimed off waivers.

The 34-year-old Venezuelan backstop batted .236 with three home runs and 12 RBI over 45 games for the Rangers this season.