Notes: Bench talk, Napoli's wrist & more

August, 28, 2011
8/28/11
4:55
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rosters expand on Thursday and what the club does with those extra spots depends on Adrian Beltre and Andres Blanco.

Both are heading out for a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock (who is in Omaha) on Monday. Beltre doesn't expect to need a ton of games and should be ready to go by Thursday, barring any setbacks. He thinks he needs two games, but the club won't put any kind of number on it yet, preferring to see how things go. Blanco, a switch hitter who will only hit right-handed because of back inflammation, hopes to be ready by Thursday but acknowledged Saturday that he doesn't know if he'll need more time.

Beltre kept saying he was "good enough to play," when asked about his hamstring.

Both players ran the bases Sunday.

If both are back, that immediately helps the Rangers' bench. The club will still grab some pitching help and they'd like a third catcher, but will have to wait a few more extra days since Taylor Teagarden needs to be in the minors for 10 days after being sent down. If not, the club could add some bench help like Esteban German, for instance (though he's not on the 40-man roster). Expect Eric Hurley to come to Arlington. He can help the bullpen and could spot start if the club would rather not use Feldman again.

Other notes:

* Catcher Mike Napoli is in the lineup again Sunday and said X-rays on his left wrist were negative.

"It's just a bruise," Napoli said. "I'm fine."

Napoli was hit by a pitch during Saturday's loss to the Angels and went down behind the plate in obvious pain. Athletic trainer Jamie Reed came out to check on him and after taking some time to walk it off, Napoli stayed in the game.

He was clearly in pain after the pitch hit him on Saturday night and after trainer Jamie Reed came out to check on him, but he stayed in and is ready for today's game.

* Manager Ron Washington said he isn't concerned about reliever Koji Uehara, who has allowed six earned runs in 9 2/3 innings since coming to Texas (5.59 ERA) and has allowed runs in three of his last four appearances.
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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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.323 15 56 54
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 56
RA. Beltre 54
OPSA. Beltre .887
WY. Darvish 10
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167