Pregame notes: Soto to rehab in Round Rock


ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.

Soto is on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain, suffered last week while running the bases against the New York Yankees.

“I think I needed it,” Soto said of the DL stint. “When I was hitting, I was getting better every day.”

Soto opened the season on the 60-day DL because of a torn meniscus in his right knee. He returned July 17 and played in three games and picked up four hits in 11 at-bats.

Soto, who will catch and DH while at Round Rock, is eligible to come off the DL Aug. 6.

More injury issues: LF Jake Smolinski said X-rays revealed he’s got a small fracture in his left foot. Smolinski suffered a bone bruise while fouling a pitch off his foot. Smolinski, on the 15-day DL, hasn’t started running and is hitting off a tee and doing soft toss. ... RHP Nick Tepesch, who was skipped a start because of inflammation in his knee, said he’s scheduled to throw on flat ground Wednesday. Tepesch will then have a bullpen session and is expected to pitch next week when the Rangers visit the White Sox.

Nadel praises Scully: The Dodgers announced that legendary play-by-play man Vin Scully will return for a 66th season in 2015. The announcement was made during Tuesday’s Dodgers-Braves game.

Eric Nadel, this year’s recipient of the Ford C. Frick award at the Baseball Hall of Fame, has been the voice of the Rangers for 20 years and part of the franchise telecasts for 36 years and is in awe of Scully.

“I can’t imagine doing it,” Nadel said of the 86-year old Scully's longevity in the booth. “But when I hear him, he can still do it. He’s still fantastic, and I make every effort to listen to him every time I can. He’s 86 years old and he sounds like he’s 40. He’s the god of this business. He’s the ideal of what we’re all striving to reach.”

Base hits: Tuesday night’s three hour and 51 minute contest was the Rangers' third-longest nine-inning game this season. The Rangers are tied for third in the big leagues with games 3:30 or longer with the Astros at 20. Tampa Bay leads the majors with 26, followed by Colorado with 23. … J.P. Arencibia leads the majors with 16 RBIs in the second half. Toronto’s Melky Cabrera is second with 14. Arencibia, who hit two home runs in Tuesday’s loss, has hit five of the Rangers' eight homers in the second half.