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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Arthur Rhodes should be ready today

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON -- Sunday night was a long one for Rangers reliever Arthur Rhodes.

He took the loss after throwing a season-high 34 pitches in 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two walks and two hits. Rhodes wasn't available for Monday's game, a victory over the Angels, but he most likely will get the call Tuesday if necessary.

The 34 pitches were more than Rhodes threw in any game for the Reds last year. He went 29 pitches for a 2010 season high on May 5.

"I try to stay away from 30 pitches," Rhodes said. "The pitch count got up there and I was making pitches. I didn't think I threw that many pitches. I will try and bounce back [Tuesday]. It's still early. You go out there get your work in and get guys out."

It was interesting to see Rhodes throw so many pitches, but manager Ron Washington doesn't view the left-hander as a matchup guy. Washington wants Rhodes to get left- and right-handers out.

The manager said he's still trying to find his late-inning relief pitchers. He said he was pleased with the one batter Pedro Strop got on Sunday night vs. the Yankees. Strop also got in Monday, as did Darren O'Day, in the 7-1 blowout victory vs. the Angels.