Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Injuries: Lance Berkman set for Thursday debut
By Ron Matejko
SURPRISE, Ariz.--Outfielder Engel Beltre had his shoulder examined by an orthopedist Tuesday. No structural damage was found, but team doctors are still determining if an MRI is necessary.
Beltre was diagnosed with a muscle strain in his rhomboid (shoulder), which has kept him sidelined for a week. Rangers management contacted Major League Baseball and informed them Beltre may be unavailable to represent Spain in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, but that has yet to be determined.
Beltre is one of seven Rangers slated to participate in the WBC.
Other injury notes:
DH Lance Berkman (calf) is ready to make his Rangers and 2013 Cactus League debut on Thursday. Manager Ron Washington said the only thing that would keep him from playing Berkman is if the field at Surprise Stadium was wet or muddy when they host Cleveland.
OF Craig Gentry (tight left hamstring) was scratched from Wednesday's lineup and is listed as day to day. He appeared to tweak his hamstring while the running bases during Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Gentry is one of three players competing for the starting CF spot.
Washington said Adrian Beltre is "progressing perfectly" from a sore calf, which has kept the third baseman from seeing spring action. A return date has not been announced.
RHP Colby Lewis (torn flexor tendon surgery) will throw long toss today and is still scheduled to thrown off a full mound for his first bullpen session Friday.
RHP Neftali Feliz (Tommy John surgery) is throwing off flat ground today.
RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) will throw a bullpen session today as planned. His pitch count will be bumped up from 35 to between 40 and 45.
RHP Tanner Scheppers (tight left hamstring) experienced no problems while going through a workout yesterday and will throw a bullpen session today. ... RHP Kyle McClellan said the muscle soreness in his right shoulder feels better and he will throw long toss today as planned. ... RHP Roman Mendez (right elbow surgery) will throw a bullpen Friday and is throwing off a half mound today. ... RHP Wilmer Font (biceps tendonitis) reported he felt good after throwing to 90 feet yesterday. He is off from throwing today.