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Notes: Eric Hurley cleared for activity

5/11/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right-handed pitcher Eric Hurley, who is recovering from a concussion sustained last month, was in the Rangers' clubhouse today and said he has been cleared for activity. He's taking things slowly and is doing some cardio work right now. He hopes to play catch at some point later this week.

"I haven't had any headaches in a while," Hurley said. "I broke a sweat today."

Hurley, playing for Triple-A Round Rock, was hit on the right side of his head by a line drive in New Orleans. He was diagnosed with a skull fracture and a concussion. Hurley has missed the last two seasons because of injuries. He was out in 2009 after right shoulder surgery and missed 2010 thanks to three different surgeries on his wrist.

"It could have been a lot worse," Hurley said. "It's a bump in the road."

Hurley concedes he's had a lot of bumps in the road, but he's committed to getting better and returning as soon as he can.

Other notes:

* Manager Ron Washington gave Elvis Andrus the day off. This allows him to get today and Thursday off, thanks to the off day.

* That off day also factored into Washington's decision to stick with Colby Lewis a little longer after the rain delay. Lewis did lobby to go back out for the 8th, but as soon as a batter got on base (Cliff Pennington's double), Lewis was lifted.

* Michael Young went with what he called his "Motown" playlist in the clubhouse before Wednesday's game. That included hits from The Jackson 5, Earth, Wind & Fire, Lionel Richie, the Pointer Sisters and more.