ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers utility man Andres Blanco is taking swings as he tries to make his way back to the team. But manager Ron Washington said Blanco isn't swinging on the left side. That doesn't mean the club wouldn't use him anyway, once he's played in some rehab games and is ready to go.
"As long as he can play defense, I'm good," Washington said. "We'll see when we get him out of here. He has to go down [to the minors] for a little bit."
Washington didn't know when Blanco would be ready, but said he'd bet that Adrian Beltre would be ready before Blanco.
* Washington said he didn't have a feel for whether Beltre would be ready for Sept. 1. Beltre said he didn't have any update today. He hasn't had any setbacks, but there's no timetable for when he might go out on a rehab assignment. He said earlier this week that the doctor wouldn't clear him before Saturday, but he also has to run the bases at full speed and he hasn't done that, either. We'll see what happens.
* With Omar Quintanilla's struggles, Washington was asked about other options. One might be Esteban German. But German doesn't play shortstop. "We needed a shortstop when we got Quintanilla and we thought Blanco was going to be back sooner," Washington said. "We still need a shortstop." German is not on the 40-man roster. Quintanilla is 1-for-22 with nine strikeouts.