Thursday, June 13, 2013
Buzz: Soria set to throw batting practice
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers reliever Joakim Soria is back in Arlington and will throw live batting practice for the first time Friday.
It puts one of the Rangers' key offseason acquisitions one step closer to bolstering the bullpen.
Soria gave himself a clean bill of health Thursday, saying that there is nothing to worry about with his elbow and that his strained pectoral muscle is also healed. Soria is coming back from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery.
Soria will throw two or three live batting practice sessions in Arlington before going out on a rehab assignment. He will start with 35 pitches Friday.
"I want to know where I am," Soria said. "I'm feeling comfortable with all of my pitches. Now I want to see if my pitches are sharp enough to get people out."
Soria threw 48 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday in Arizona. He threw 20 pitches, took a five-minute break and threw 20 more pitches.
Grimm learning on job: Justin Grimm leads American League rookie pitchers with six wins and 61 strikeouts, but every start is still a learning experience for him.
The constant reminder he has to tell himself? Don't rush.
"I have to catch myself out there," Grimm said. "And not go to quick. It's something I'm working on."
Grimm has a 14.73 ERA in his last two starts, but he bounced back from going 1 2/3 innings in Boston, going 6 2/3 innings at Toronto. He kept the Rangers in the game as they rallied for a 6-4 victory.
"He needs to continue to pitch," Ron Washington said. "Keep his curve ball down and use his change-up more."
Moreland rehab going well: First baseman Mitch Moreland has done everything except run the bases and starting and stopping as he rehabs his strained right hamstring and that should happen this weekend.
Washington said that Moreland should be ready to come off the 15-day disabled list June 21 when the Rangers open a three-game series at St. Loius.
Harrison close to throwing: Left-hander Matt Harrison hopes to begin a throwing plan Monday but his return from two back surgeries is still at least two months away.
Harrison would need at least four to six weeks of throwing off flat ground before he can get back on a mound.
Baker's 15-pitch at-bat: Jeff Baker's 15-pitch at-bat in the ninth inning against Cleveland's Vinnie Pestano was the most pitches in any plate appearance in major league baseball this season.
Baker's start at second base also made him the only player in major league baseball to start at six different positions this season. Baker hasn't played shortstop or center field.
Third-round pick signs: The Rangers signed third-round pick David Ledbetter, meaning all of their selections in the first 10 rounds of the First-Year Player Draft are signed. Ledbetter agreed to a signing bonus of $350,000.