SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers starting catcher Geovany Soto will have his sore Achilles checked out by Dr. John Crates, a specialist in Plano, Texas. Soto will fly back home later today to get the exam done.
“If this was the season, this would be no problem, put a little bit of tape on it and just go out there,” Soto said. “But we’re not even in March. I want to take care of minor aches and pains. I’m jumping around (and he did, in fact, jump as he said it). I just want to get it checked because it’s so early and see what’s going on.”
Soto said he started to feel something as spring training began, and since he experiences a little pain when he puts weight on it he wants to have it looked over.
* RHP Neftali Feliz (shoulder tightness) will throw a five-minute live batting practice today and then continue to progress. Feliz threw on the side earlier this week.
"After he threw the first time, he had some localized soreness in his arm, and where we are in spring training we thought we'd back off and then re-engage him," assistant GM Thad Levine said.
* 2B Jurickson Profar (shoulder tendinitis) has been cleared to swing the bat again today and will go through some drills, but he is still not throwing.
* RF Alex Rios (sore left big toe) is listed as day-to-day and just won't do quite as many things. He was out with the team stretching (and I can tell you I saw him jogging out there and he looked normal, for what that's worth).
* RHP Tanner Scheppers (back) will play catch and see how he feels.