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Canseco Bails On Worcester, Signs With Rio Grande

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Jose Canseco in the Worcester Tornadoes clubhouse.

Jose Canseco in the Worcester Tornadoes clubhouse.

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HARLINGEN, Texas (CBS/AP) — Jose Canseco has signed with the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the North American Baseball League on Friday, and is expected to play Saturday night against McAllen.

The 48-year-old Canseco hit 462 home runs in 18 seasons in the majors and was the 1988 AL MVP. He later admitted using performance-enhancing drugs.

Earlier this season, Canseco played in 20 games for the Worcester Tornadoes in the Canadian-American Association. Last year, he hit .256 with eight home runs and 46 RBIs as a player-manager for the North American Baseball League’s Yuma Scorpions.

According to the Telegram & Gazette, Canseco was technically still a member of the Worcester Tornadoes, and failed to tell owner Todd Breighner about the signing.

Breighner told the Telegram that they had not traded or released Canseco, and that he has been on the Can-Am League disabled list since June 19 with an ankle injury.

The signing comes three days after Canseco filed for bankruptcy protection in Nevada. The filing lists less than $21,000 in assets and almost $1.7 million in liabilities, including more than $500,000 owed to the Internal Revenue Service.

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