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Injuries: Salty returns, Hurley breaks wrist

3/14/2010

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is scheduled to catch in Glendale today, returning to game action after missing the last five games with soreness in right shoulder due to scar tissues breaking up.

Saltalamacchia was scratched from last Tuesday’s game with right shoulder soreness. It was determined that loose scar tissue has caused the pain.

He had surgery on the shoulder to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome on Sept. 21, 2009. He had a setback as he tried to play winter ball and was shut down from baseball activities for a month. He arrived in spring training ready to go and was progressing fine until last Tuesday’s soreness.

Saltalamacchia, 24, is vying for the starting catcher job on the Rangers. His main competition is Taylor Teagarden, who will start on Sunday in Surprise in the Rangers’ other game.

Other injury updates:

RHP Eric Hurley, who was put on the 60-day disabled list on Saturday, has what the club believes in a broken bone in his left wrist. He will see a hand specialist today. If it is broken, he'll have surgery and could be throwing again in 7 to 10 days (since it's not his throwing hand).

OF Endy Chavez (knee) is long tossing and has been cleared to hit on the field. He's still limited in terms of running drills, but he's making progress.

OF Brandon Boggs (shoulder) received an injection two days ago, which assistant general manager Thad Levine said wasn't unsual for someone following surgery. He's playing in games and is cleared to fully go hitting right-handed. The club wants him easing in to batting left-handed.

RHP Warner Madrigal (forearm sorness) will get an MRI on Monday because he's complained twice of forearm soreness.

2B Ian Kinsler (high ankle sprain) is getting treatment and is still looking at that 7-day window to try to return.