Friday, April 19, 2013
Buzz: Reliever Soria suffers minor setback
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rehabbing reliever Joakim Soria suffered a pectoral muscle strain in his chest while throwing batting practice Friday in Surprise, Ariz. at extended spring training.
The Rangers don't think it's serious, and it has nothing to with his arm -- Soria is returning from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery.
"He's going great as far as his arm," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "It could be a day or two. It could be longer. We're going to wait and see how it feels after the weekend before we know exactly what kind of impact it will have on his timetable. It has nothing to do with his arm, and that's a good thing."
Other Rangers notes:
More on rehabbing pitchers: Left-hander Martin Perez will begin throwing live batting practice in 7-10 days as he continues rehabbing from a broken left wrist. Right-hander Kyle McClellan, who has a strained right lat muscle, is scheduled to throw on a mound for the first time on May 1.
The Rangers are also excited about right-hander Colby Lewis, who has one or two more batting practice sessions to throw before the Rangers can begin looking to get him out on a rehab assignment.
"He continues to report to feeling really good," Daniels said. "Our pitching coaches are really happy with his progress. He's every bit of on schedule right now."
Berkman back in lineup: Designated hitter Lance Berkman said his surgically-repaired right knee is sore but that he could play a full nine innings at first base when needed.
"I can do it," Berkman said. "I have had some trouble with my knee being sore just from DHing, so I'm a little bit hesitant to say, 'yeah, I can run out there and play three or four nights in a row.' But if you said we absolutely have to have you play first base for a game, I can do it."
Berkman said he didn't have trouble with the knee in spring training, but it is sore after 15 games. "It's definitely worse than it was in spring training," he said. "But it's probably the weather conditions we've been playing in. Cold, wet, barometric pressure."
Washington talks to Borbon: Rangers manager Ron Washington said he spoke briefly with outfielder Julio Borbon, who was claimed on waivers by the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Borbon was the Rangers' Opening Day center fielder in 2010 and '11.
"I told him he doesn't have to prove anything," Washington said. "He's already a big leaguer."
None left on: Thursday's game was the eighth time in club history in which the Rangers didn't leave a man on base. It hadn't happened since July 7, 2007.