Injury update: Salty, Hamilton, Kinsler

March, 22, 2010
3/22/10
11:05
AM CT
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has an inflammed rhomboid muscle (goes from neck to back) on his left side and is listed as day-to-day.

Saltalamacchia said the muscle spasm occurred as he caught warmup pitches in the Peoria bullpen on Sunday. He has just 15 at-bats and will probably get some time in minor league games to get the additional time at the plate to get ready for the season.

He won't play today and will come in tomorrow and see how it feels. Manager Ron Washington said that while his catching situation isn't defined yet for the season, he's not too concerned yet. There is still time for Saltalamacchia to get his at-bats, as long as he doesn't miss too much time.

Other injury news:

* 2B Ian Kinsler has not hit off a tee yet, but the club said they've altered his rehab plan after talking with the trainers from the Mavericks. Since the NBA teams deal with more high ankle sprains, the Rangers wanted some recommendations. They've incorporated some of what the Mavericks do and assistant GM Thad Levine said they are seeing some results.

* OF Josh Hamilton will play in the "B" game and then head to Dallas to get some dental work done thanks to an infected root canal. He is expected to fly back on Tuesday (the team's off day here in Surprise) and be ready to play Wednesday.

* RHP Warner Madrigal is throwing to 120 feet today and if all goes well would throw a bullpen on Wednesday.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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