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Buzz: Cruz headed to the Dominican to train

August, 13, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz will spend the next 12 days in the Dominican Republic training at his home gym, the first step to possibly returning to the team when his 50-game Biogenesis suspension is completed.

That would coincide with the Rangers making the postseason. And as far as that goes, the Rangers haven't made a decision yet about whether he'd play. They have to get there first.

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"Our goal right now, as it always is, is to keep our options open," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "We want to do what we can to keep him [in] as good as shape as possible, as good as baseball shape as possible.

"First of all, we have to get there. We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves. We’ve got to get there first to have the conversation."

Daniels repeated what he said last week when Cruz was suspended for the rest of the regular season. The All-Star outfielder's conditioning, how the team is playing, how the club is jelling, all of that will factor into the Rangers' decision.

At that point, the Rangers would probably let Cruz play in games in the fall instruction league.

Daniels said Cruz will also work out a few times at the Rangers' complex in Boca Chica while he is home.

"He’s been in touch with our conditioning staff and has his program," Daniels said. "Once he gets back, we’ll have a next step at that point."

Washington on Harrison: The Rangers announced Tuesday that left-handed starter Matt Harrison will not pitch again this season because of issues with his surgically repaired back.

Harrison will rest and get ready for the offseason and spring training. There is no structural damage to his back, so Harrison should return ready to go in 2014.

"It's disappointing for Harrison's sake," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He worked so hard to get back. It just didn't work out. It's just another adverse happening in our 2013 year as the Texas Rangers. We'll figure out a way to move forward and wish Harrison good health."

Rosales hopes to settle in: Utility man Adam Rosales started his second stint with the Rangers on Tuesday after being reclaimed by Texas on Monday.

Since Aug. 2, he has been on the Oakland A's roster twice and now the Rangers twice as the teams have swapped claiming him off waivers. He made a smart move by leaving his car in Dallas. Rosales realizes that until Sept. 1, when rosters expand, he's on standby.

"I didn't have any options yet so teams have to designate me," Rosales said. "That's why we're playing pingpong."

The Rangers have a bigger need for Rosales this time around after Triple-A Round Rock infielder Leury Garcia went to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday to complete the Alex Rios trade.

"With us giving up Leury, we certainly didn't have anything to back up our infield," Washington said. "We wanted him when we claimed him the first time. We were just hoping no one would claim him when we put him back out there."

Berkman's running still issue: Designated hitter Lance Berkman was set to play Tuesday and Wednesday for Double-A Frisco, provided the weather cooperated.

He was 3-for-7 with a home run in two games with Triple-A Round Rock. But running on his ailing left hip and right knee has still been difficult.

"He swung the bat well," Washington said. "He's still having issues with the running. We'll see if it's getting better with two games in Frisco."

Short hops: Right-hander Neftali Feliz is still day-to-day with Triple-A Round Rock due to triceps tendinitis. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. ... Round Rock catcher Eli Whiteside, a possible call-up when rosters expand in September, was 3-for-4 with his fifth home run Monday. ... Joe Nathan earned his 35th save in Houston on Monday, giving him eight seasons with 35-plus saves. The only other two closers to do that in major league history are Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, who have each done it 12 times.

Joe Ortiz, Tanner Scheppers earn bullpen spots

March, 28, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joe Ortiz and Tanner Scheppers will open the season in the Rangers' bullpen, a decision manager Ron Washington conveyed to both pitchers before Thursday's exhibition game against the Mexico City Rojas Diablos.

For the 22-year-old Ortiz, who came out of nowhere this spring to make the club, it was an emotional moment.

"If we had kept him in that room a little longer, he might have started crying," Washington said of the moments immediately after Ortiz learned he had made the team.

Washington admits he knew nothing about Ortiz going into the spring, only what scouts and minor league coaches told him. Ortiz has allowed one run in 11 innings. He has 11 strikeouts and only one walk.

"He got outs," Washington said. "He got outs by attacking. He wasn't afraid of the strike zone. He wasn't afraid of the hitters that walked up."

Ortiz makes it two years in a row that a shorter-than-6-foot left-handed reliever has surprised everyone by making the Opening Day roster. Last season it was Robbie Ross, who also is back in the bullpen. This year it is Ortiz, who admitted to getting misty-eyed when Washington broke the news to him.

"There were some tears in my eyes when he told me the news," Ortiz said. "No one expected this, especially here in Arlington. It's special news for me. My father was especially waiting for this day. He is happy for me."

Scheppers, who appeared in 39 games last season for the Rangers, came on strong at the end of the spring after dealing with a tight right hamstring early in camp. Scheppers didn't allow a run in his final five spring outings.

"When it mattered, he showed up," Washington said. "He earned his way on, too."

Scheppers, who fought inconsistency last season, is the Rangers' power arm out of the bullpen. With what is basically a new bullpen with no roles defined yet -- Washington made it clear Thursday that no one has been "anointed to a bullpen role" -- Scheppers has a chance to pitch his way into a late-inning spot.

"God blessed me with a power arm," Scheppers said. "I have to get outs. The roles will be defined as the year goes on."

Other team notes:

  • Washington said he will decide by Saturday who will start in center field in Sunday's opener against Houston with Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin exceeding expectations this spring.

    Houston is starting right-hander Bud Norris in the opener, so the start points in the left-handed hitting Martin's direction. But Gentry has more experience, having played in 121 games last season. Gentry also started Thursday's exhibition game against Mexico City against right-handed starter David Reyes.

    "There's no clear-cut guy," Washington said. "Both guys have shown improvement. Both guys have showed they can help us win ballgames."

  • The final roster spot will come down to outfielder Julio Borbon and relievers Josh Lindblom and Cory Burns. The decision will come down to whether the Rangers go with seven or eight relievers to start the season.

  • Left-hander Brad Mills cleared waivers Thursday and was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. That gives the Rangers 38 players on the 40-man roster, clearing spots for infielder Jeff Baker and veteran pitcher Derek Lowe, both of whom have made the team.

  • Catcher Eli Whiteside has temporarily left the team to attend to a family matter and will miss Thursday's game.

  • The Rangers' players made March Madness a part of their Thursday with the South Regional taking place in Arlington. Pitchers Derek Lowe, who is from Dearborn, Mich., and Derek Holland, from Newark, Ohio, went to Michigan's practice. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who went to high school in Orlando, Fla., attended Florida's practice.
  • Notes: Rangers ready to head home

    March, 27, 2013
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    TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers will leave Arizona immediately after today's game in Tempe against the Los Angeles Angels, wrapping up another slate of Cactus League games and workouts at their facility in Surprise.

    Spring training was extended by two weeks due to the World Baseball Classic, and games began only a few days after camp opened. The culmination of that long spring came Tuesday when the team announced a series of roster moves, as the Rangers now have identified 22 of the 25 players who will be on the Opening Day roster for Sunday night's contest in Houston.

    "The spring went extremely well this year," manager Ron Washington said. "As we went deeper into the spring, we improved as a team. I thought we progressed the way I figured we'd progress. We were slow in the beginning and picked it up as we went along, but I expected it. Especially since we only had a few days before the first game. We were playing in February when we were still trying to work out the kinks."

    The Rangers head back to Texas to play an exhibition game in Arlington against the Mexico City Red Devils at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Thursday night. The scheduled game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Surprise on Thursday will feature only minor league players.

    Texas then will head to San Antonio for a pair of games Friday and Saturday in the Alamodome before beginning the regular season the following night against the Astros in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN.

    Other team notes:

  • Washington said he thinks his initial choice for an eighth-inning reliever would be either Robbie Ross or Michael Kirkman. He also said that won't preclude others such as Jason Frasor from seeing time in the eighth, but Ross and Kirkman likely will be his first options out of the chute.

  • The official announcement of the No. 3 and No. 4 starters to open the season is expected today. The projected order is Alexi Ogando at No. 3 with Derek Holland pitching the home opener April 5.

    Washington also said the Rangers have not decided whether they will carry an extra pitcher or position player until they need to make room for a fifth starter April 9.

    "I think we'll come up with that between before we head to San Antonio," Washington said. "It might be after, but somewhere in there we'll make the decision."

  • Nate Robertson is taking his reassignment to Round Rock (Triple-A) in stride. The big left-hander had a very good spring that saw him reinvent his delivery. The results paid off, as he allowed just two runs in 11 innings, good for a 1.64 ERA.

    Washington compared Robertson's transition to a more control-oriented delivery to that of Frank Tanana, who underwent a similar transformation and extended his career with a few more successful seasons before hanging up his glove.

    Robertson hasn't pitched with a big league club since 2010 and even saw time in independent baseball last season, but he sees his successful training camp as a springboard to continue his quest to return to the majors. Robertson had an option to ask for his release but instead accepted his minor league assignment.

    "I haven't even gauged interest from other teams, which I think shows my desire to remain in this organization," Robertson said. "I have to weigh the other factors too if there is an opportunity to extend my career someplace else, but I'm just going to let that play out.

    "I still have a desire to play this game so I'm not going home."

  • Michael Kirkman was originally slated to start Wednesday, but recent waiver addition Brad Mills will take the mound to begin the game against his former team instead. Mills was acquired Sunday from the Angels. Kirkman is scheduled as the second pitcher and will throw two or three innings as opposed to the five that were originally planned.

    Injury notes:

  • RHP Kyle McClellan is 15 days into a projected three- to four-week period of not throwing due to a strained right lat muscle. Once cleared, he will begin a long-toss and flat-ground throwing program.

  • LHP Martin Perez has been cleared to begin a throwing program once he is pain free. He is no longer wearing protective gear on the arm. Perez is anticipated to begin throwing next week.

  • RHP Joakim Soria continues recovery from his second Tommy John surgery and is throwing bullpen sessions. Barring any setback, he will begin throwing live batting practices the week of April 8.

  • RHP Colby Lewis (flexor tendon surgery) is on the same time frame as Soria for beginning to throw live BP, again barring any setbacks. He also is throwing bullpen sessions.

  • C Eli Whiteside has left the team for personal reasons not related to his recent assignment to Round Rock (Triple-A).
  • Injuries: Yu Darvish's neck shouldn't impact schedule

    March, 19, 2013
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    MESA, Ariz. -- Manager Ron Washington said scratching Yu Darvish from Monday's start due to a stiff neck should not impact the right-hander's ability to stay on schedule for his first start of the regular season.

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    Darvish's pitching schedule for the remainder of the spring could be determined today if he gives the all clear about the discomfort in his neck, which flared up during a Sunday workout. If he feels good, Darvish's pitching appearances will be spread out over the next two weeks to keep him on track for the expected date of his regular-season debut.

    "It's not a big issue. If he is fine today, then he'll do a bullpen," Washington said. "If that goes well, Mike (Maddux) will pencil him back in the game Thursday or Friday. We'll let him pitch a couple of innings in the minors, shut him down and get him ready for his next start. A lot of it is going to depend on today. The neck wasn't that big of an issue, it was just precautionary."

    Darvish is 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA in three spring starts. In 8 2/3 innings, Darvish has allowed one run on five hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

    Other injury notes:

  • RHP Colby Lewis (surgery - torn flexor tendon) and Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) are both throwing bullpen sessions.

  • C Eli Whiteside (mild left calf strain) is scheduled to catch Derek Holland in a game for AAA Round Rock today. He has been sidelined since Feb. 27.

  • LHP Martin Perez (fractured left ulna) is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately 2-3 weeks.

  • RHP Kyle McClellan (strained lat muscle) is not expected to resume a throwing program for 3-4 weeks.
  • Injuries: Tough blow for Kyle McClellan

    March, 18, 2013
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    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- For more than 10 months, Kyle McClellan waited for his chance to get back on the mound.

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    The right-hander made his final start of 2012 in May, when the then-St. Louis Cardinals pitcher was sidelined due to shoulder and elbow injuries. McClellan ended up having season-ending shoulder surgery in July.

    During the offseason and in the throes of rehab, he became a free agent. McClellan now found himself not only seeking good health, but also a job. The latter solved itself in January when the Texas Rangers signed McClellan to a minor-league contract with an invitation to attend training camp as a non-roster invitee.

    McClellan would be given a chance to compete for the open fifth spot in the rotation. It wasn't a guaranteed position, but it was an opportunity, which was all the recovering pitcher could ask for.

    "They gave me a chance when a lot of other teams wouldn't," McClellan said. "I appreciated that and I looked forward to giving them a return on their investment."

    McClellan missed almost three weeks of spring training games with a sore shoulder that resulted from the surgery. He finally made his spring debut March 12 and looked like he hadn't missed a beat after tossing two scoreless innings.

    He and the Rangers staff looked forward to stretching him out more, as none of the other healthy contenders for the fifth starter job had emerged as a clear-cut leader. The excitement was cut short Saturday when the Rangers announced McClellan suffered a strained right lat muscle. The typical recovery time is 3-4 weeks until he could resume a throwing program. The news was a blow to the team and McClellan, who put in months of work to show the Texas staff what he could do on the mound.

    "It's difficult for me because I felt I was so close. I was game ready," McClellan said. "It feels like you kind of let the team down a little bit."

    Other injury notes:

  • Yu Darvish (neck stiffness) was scratched from tonight's scheduled start.

  • RHP Colby Lewis (surgery - torn flexor tendon) and Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) both threw a bullpen session today.

  • LHP Martin Perez (fractured left ulna) is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately 2-3 weeks.

  • C Eli Whiteside (mild left calf strain) has resumed baseball activities and is listed as day-to-day. He has been out of the lineup since Feb. 27.
  • Injuries: Matt Harrison ready to go Saturday

    March, 15, 2013
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    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers are getting close to having a full complement of healthy players.

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    Matt Harrison (toe) will make his next start Saturday as planned in the home game of the two split-squad affairs scheduled for tomorrow. He is slated to throw four or five innings depending on his stamina. The other game is being played at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

    Other injury notes:

  • RHP Colby Lewis (surgery - torn flexor tendon) and Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) both threw a bullpen session Friday.

  • C Eli Whiteside (mild left calf strain) has resumed baseball activities and is listed as day-to-day.

  • LHP Martin Perez (fractured left ulna) is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately four weeks.
  • Injuries: Kyle McClellan upbeat after return to action

    March, 14, 2013
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    PHOENIX -- RHP Kyle McClellan made his spring debut Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, and the outing couldn't have gone much better -- especially since it was his first game action in 10 months.

    With the exception of one meaningless walk, McClellan was perfect during his two scoreless innings. He showed no rust during his return from midseason shoulder surgery and showed no signs of pitching in a game for the first time since last May.

    "It was just a big relief for me to get the first one out (of the way)," McClellan said. "You envision that first one going smoothly but you're not really sure. There's always in the back of your mind, 'Am I going to get back to where I was?' And I felt I was right where I left off."

    McClellan missed nearly three weeks of 2013 Cactus League action as he recovered from a sore shoulder, which was a byproduct of the surgery he had last July while still with the St. Louis Cardinals.

    His first outing served as an indicator of whether he would be stretched out and remain a candidate in the competition for the open fifth starter spot in the rotation. He worked fast and had all his pitches working, especially his sinker, as none of the six out recorded left the infield (three ground balls, three popups). After reporting no lingering discomfort and an effective debut, he figures to remain in the mix for the starting gig.

    "I was just concerned about his stamina," manager Ron Washington said. "I'm most certain that whatever amount of pitches he threw, we're going to add to it."

    Other injury notes:

  • RHP Colby Lewis (surgery - torn flexor tendon) and Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) were scheduled to throw a bullpen session today.

  • C Eli Whiteside (mild left calf strain) has resumed baseball activities and is listed as day-to-day.

  • LHP Martin Perez (fractured left ulna) is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately four weeks.
  • Injuries: Kyle McClellan makes spring debut

    March, 12, 2013
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    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- RHP Kyle McClellan will make his spring debut Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers in his first game action since last May.

    McClellan, who is scheduled to pitch two innings, missed the first two-plus weeks of Cactus League games while recovering from a sore shoulder, which was a byproduct of surgery he had on his throwing shoulder last July while still with the St. Louis Cardinals.

    "I feel good. I've done everything I needed to get to this point, and its been a long time coming," said McClellan, who joined the Rangers as a free agent in January. "It's exciting to do all that work, rehab and the pain to get back to this point."

    The 28-year old has pitched mostly out of the bullpen during his five-year MLB career, with the exception of 17 starts for the Cardinals in 2011. He posted a 12-7 record with a 4.19 ERA in 141 2/3 innings overall that season (43 appearances).

    McClellan is a candidate for the open fifth starter job with the Rangers but could also provide depth to the bullpen if he doesn't win a rotation spot.

    "I don't think he should be out there trying to impress anyone except himself," manager Ron Washington said. "All I want him to do is get through those two innings, get off that mound healthy, and if he does that it's progress."

    McClellan will throw his two-seam fastball most often while mixing in a cutter, changeup and curve. He also throws his sinker often to force groundball outs, which should be to his advantage with an infield of Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler behind him.

    "Coming from St. Louis, we had a great defense there, as well, and you learn early on to use your defense," McClellan said. "That was one of the things that was attractive over here. You look around the infield and you have a lot of Gold Gloves flashing around."

    Other injury notes:

  • LHP Matt Harrison threw two innings in this morning's 'B' game against Kansas City. He was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday due to inflammation of the second toe on his left foot.

  • RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) will throw a bullpen session today, and RHP Colby Lewis (surgery - torn flexor tendon) will throw a bullpen session Thursday. RHP Justin Miller (Tommy John surgery) is also throwing bullpen sessions.

  • C Eli Whiteside (mild left calf strain) has resumed baseball activities and is expected to remain out of the lineup for a few more days. He is yet to run the bases, his last hurdle before playing in a game.

  • LHP Martin Perez (fractured left ulna) is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately three weeks.
  • Injuries: Matt Harrison (toe) starting 'B' game Tuesday

    March, 11, 2013
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    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Matt Harrison will start the "B" game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium. Harrison was scratched from Saturday's start against the San Diego Padres with inflammation in the second toe on his left foot. He tested the toe Sunday in a 45-pitch bullpen session and didn't experience any issues.

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    "The biggest thing was trying not to think about it and that it was going to hurt and just focus on pitching," Harrison said. "Once I starting doing that, I started doing my normal mechanics and dragging my foot like I was before and had no pain."

    Harrison is scheduled to throw four or five innings Tuesday. You can read more here.

    Other injury notes:

  • 1B Mitch Moreland is back in the lineup after missing two games with a tight right quad.

  • RHP Kyle McClellan (shoulder soreness) and RHP Wilmer Font (biceps tendonitis) are scheduled to make their spring debuts Tuesday.

  • RHP Colby Lewis (surgery - torn flexor tendon) will throw a bullpen session Thursday.

  • RHP Neftali Feliz (Tommy John surgery) is throwing long toss out to 75 feet.

  • LHP Martin Perez (fractured left ulna) is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately three weeks.

  • RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) and will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

  • RHP Wilmer Font (biceps tendonitis) will throw live batting practice Sunday.

  • C Eli Whiteside (mild left calf strain) has resumed baseball activities but is expected to remain out of the lineup for a few more days.
  • Injuries: Mike Olt back after short absence

    March, 8, 2013
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    MARYVALE, Ariz. -- The only new injury update of note for Friday's Cactus League matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers is the return of third baseman Mike Olt to the Rangers' lineup.

    Olt missed two games with an impacted wisdom tooth, which led to an extraction. He was originally slated to play right field for the second time this spring Wednesday before being scratched in the morning. Olt will return to the infield for today's game.

    Other injury notes:

  • RHP Kyle McClellan (shoulder soreness) and RHP Wilmer Font (biceps tendinitis) will throw live batting practice Saturday.

  • RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) and RHP Justin Miller (Tommy John surgery) will throw bullpen sessions today.

  • RHP Colby Lewis (surgery, torn flexor tendon) will throw his next bullpen Sunday.

  • RHP Neftali Feliz (Tommy John surgery) is throwing long toss out to 75 feet.

  • LHP Martin Perez (fractured left ulna) is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately four weeks.

  • C Eli Whiteside (mild left calf strain) will have his left calf re-examined today.
  • Injuries: Kyle McClellan ready to audition for fifth spot

    March, 7, 2013
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    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle McClellan has waited all spring while he recovered from a sore shoulder as other candidates for the fifth starter slot continually took to the mound in an effort to stake their claim to the job.

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    The only consolation for McClellan was recognizing the importance of being fully recovered from the shoulder surgery he underwent on July 10 before showing his new team what he's capable of.

    The right-hander will finally get that chance when he makes his Cactus League debut against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.

    "It's one of those things where I know what I can do and have just been anxious to get back out on the field, but I have to be healthy in order to do that," McClellan said. "When you come into a new organization you want to show that you are what they signed you for, and I feel like I can do that."

    The muscle soreness that led to the long layoff was a byproduct of the midseason surgery McClellan underwent while still a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. He has progressed gradually with his pitching regimen, most recently throwing a 52-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. He will toss live batting practice Saturday -- the final step before seeing live game action for the first time since last May.

    "When I first got here, I felt good and still had a little bit of an impingement in there," McClellan said. "I feel like I am over the hump. Everyone I talk to says I've gotten over my last hurdle and I think I am ready to go. I feel like I can throw in a game."

    Even with a longer than usual spring training -- due to the World Baseball Classic -- time was becoming an issue. It's difficult to compete for a spot in the starting rotation if you can't pitch in a game.

    "If he would have kept missing time, time would have ran out on him," manager Ron Washington said. "But he has a chance to get in the mix."

    McClellan was last used in the rotation in 2011, when he made 17 starts for St. Louis and posted a 6-6 record with a 4.21 ERA. He was moved to the bullpen after the Cardinals acquired Edwin Jackson. Of his 261 career appearances, McClellan has made all but those 17 as a reliever.

    Other injury notes:

  • OF Leonys Martin (tight left hamstring) is in the lineup Thursday after missing one game.

  • 3B Mike Olt will miss his second game after having a wisdom tooth pulled on Wednesday.

  • C Eli Whiteside is sidelined with a mild left calf strain.

  • RHP Colby Lewis (surgery - torn flexor tendon) will throw his next bullpen on Sunday.

  • RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) and RHP Wilmer Font (right biceps tendonitis) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and reported no problems.

  • RHP Neftali Feliz (Tommy John surgery) is throwing out to 75 feet.

  • RHP Yoshinori Tateyama (lower back stiffness) and RHP Tanner Scheppers (mild right hamstring tightness) both pitched in Wednesday's 'B' game against the Chicago Cubs, marking their return from injury.

  • LHP Martin Perez (fractured left ulna) is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately four weeks.
  • Injuries: Martin Perez maintains focus

    March, 4, 2013
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    SURPRISE, Ariz.--If attitude counts for anything, Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez should progress just fine during his recovery from the fractured ulna bone in his left forearm he suffered during Sunday's game against Seattle.

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    Perez was knocked out of the game in the sixth inning when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of second baseman Brad Miller. The 21-year old is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately four weeks while he heals. In the interim, he will be able to maintain a left shoulder and cardiovascular program.

    "It's hard for me because this is the first time it's happened to me in my life (being injured)," Perez said.

    "I have to be ready for the situation up here," he said while pointing to his head.

    Perez said he has to keep the wrist mobilized for two weeks before beginning the first step of his recovery. Considering he can't throw for up to a month, and then, according to Perez, will need another 3-4 weeks to return to form, a return to the Rangers may not happen until early May.

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    "I'll do whatever they tell me I have to do," Perez said. "I just want to be focused to be ready in a couple of months and help the team."

    The injury couldn't have happened at a worse time for Perez, who was pitching well this spring and putting himself in position as a top candidate for the open fifth slot in the Rangers starting rotation.

    During his two spring appearances, Perez displayed a consistent ability to keep the ball down in the strike zone, as well as a new found success against right-handers.

    Last season, the left-hander struggled against righties, who hit .324 against him in 108 at-bats. He also struggled against right-handers at Triple-A Round Rock, where righties hit nine of the 10 home runs he allowed.

    This spring, he retired the first seven righties he faced.

    Perez will likely have to wait until May to pick up where he left off.

    "I thought he was throwing the ball well but those things happen in the game," said manager Ron Washington. "I think when you get time at the major league level and you compete the way he competed, you begin to believe you can (perform well).

    "Once you get that feeling inside of you, then maturity does begin to show. You have to see confidence before success begins to show and I think what you are seeing is confidence."

    Other injury notes:

  • 3B Adrian Beltre will make his spring debut Monday after missing the first 10 Cactus League games with a sore right calf.

  • OF Engel Beltre will start a second consecutive game after returning Sunday from a sore shoulder. Rangers staff will speak with Beltre after Monday's game to determine if he is ready to leave camp and join Spain for the World Baseball Classic.

  • Colby Lewis (surgery -- torn flexor tendon) is scheduled to throw his second bullpen session Wednesday.

  • RHP Neftali Feliz (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to throw out to 75 feet for the first time.

  • RHP Yoshinori Tateyama (lower-back stiffness) and RHP Tanner Scheppers (mild right hamstring tightness) are scheduled to pitch in Wednesday's 'B' game against the Chicago Cubs.

  • C Eli Whiteside is sidelined with a mild left calf strain.

  • RHP Kyle McClellan (right shoulder soreness) will throw a bullpen session Thursday.

  • RHP Wilmer Font (right biceps tendonitis) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

  • RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) and Ramon Mendez (right elbow surgery -- stress fracture) will throw a bullpen session Monday.
  • Nelson Cruz to play against Diamondbacks

    March, 2, 2013
    3/02/13
    2:41
    PM CT
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Nelson Cruz is returning to the lineup on Saturday and will hit fourth when the Texas Rangers face the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields.

    Cruz underwent a battery tests at an Arizona hospital on Friday after experiencing chest discomfort. The tests came back negative and the pain was diagnosed as a muscle strain near his chest.

    "He's ready to go," said manager Ron Washington. "I think he was more concerned than anything else. Everything checked out well and now he is well."

    The Dominican Republic native will still represent his home country in the World Baseball Classic as planned. He will depart the team on Sunday with five of the other six Rangers who are participating in the international tournament.

    The lone exception is outfielder Engel Beltre, (left rhomboid strain) who was scheduled to work out at the Rangers' training facility in Surprise today and possibly play for Texas on Sunday.

    He still has a good chance of playing with Spain in its first-round games but will not appear in its exhibitions next week.

    Other injury notes:

    Lance Berkman returns to the lineup after a scheduled off-day on Friday and will bat leadoff again to maximize his opportunity for at bats. Washington said if Berkman comes out feeling well after playing three innings, then he may have his new DH see back-to-back action for the first time this spring by inserting him into Sunday's lineup.

    3B Adrian Beltre continues his recovery from a sore calf and is getting closer to a return, perhaps as soon as early next week.

    RHP Colby Lewis threw a bullpen session yesterday as planned and reported no issues. His next step is TBD.

    OF Craig Gentry (left hamstring tightness) returns to the lineup today after missing the last three games and will start in center field.

    C Eli Whiteside is sidelined with a mild left calf strain.

    RHP Kyle McClellan (right shoulder soreness) and RHP Wilmer Font are throwing long toss.

    RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) and RHP Justin Miller (Tommy John surgery) will continue throwing bullpen sessions.

    OF Joey Butler (lower back stiffness) has recovered and is available to play today.

    RHP Tanner Scheppers (tight left hamstring) is scheduled to throw live batting practice tomorrow.

    RHP Yoshinori Tateyama (back stiffness) remains out and will both throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    More team notes:

    Commissioner Bud Selig is in attendance at the game and will address the media this afternoon.

    Mitch Moreland is batting third and is swinging a hot bat with home runs in back-to-back games. His five RBIs in the last two games pushed him into a tie for the team lead with Cruz.

    In addition to Adrian and Engel Beltre, the Texas Rangers will be represented in the World Baseball Classic by Elvis Andrus (Venezuela), Derek Holland (USA), Jose Felix (Mexico), Leury Garcia (Dominican Republic) and minor leaguer Gabe Suarez (Spain).

    Today is the last day Andrus, Cruz, Felix, Garcia and Suarez are scheduled to be in Rangers camp. Holland will join Team USA, which is playing in nearby Phoenix, after working out in Surprise on Sunday morning.

    3B Jeff Baker returned to the lineup after a day off. He has five hits in his last two games.

    Texas and Arizona are scheduled to play back-to-back interleague series in May.

    The Rangers' six spring losses are tied for the second-most in the majors, joining the Reds (7), Brewers (6) and Yankees (6).

    LHP Michael Kirkman struck out three batters over two shutout innings on Saturday. He now has six strikeouts in four scoreless frames this spring.

    Injuries: Colby Lewis to throw bullpen session

    March, 1, 2013
    3/01/13
    11:49
    AM CT
    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- RHP Colby Lewis is reaching another milestone today in his recovery from mid-season elbow surgery, as he is scheduled to throw a 25-pitch bullpen session for the first time.

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    The Rangers have been cautious and conservative with their advancement toward this moment and manager Ron Washington even indicated earlier in the week that the right-hander is even a little bit ahead of schedule. However, that does not indicate Lewis will return to the rotation earlier than expected.

    "Won't happen" Washington emphatically stated. "The last time I saw him in the bullpen, he had a tremendous stroke, his stroke was the same as before he got hurt. I'm just looking for him to maintain that stroke, and if he does then I know everything is working out fine."

    Other injury notes:

  • OF Nelson Cruz was sent to an area hospital this morning to undergo a battery of tests to determine if the discomfort he reported in his chest is anything more serious than a muscle strain.

  • OF Engel Beltre continues to show improvement from a sore shoulder and will test the injury today in the batting cage. The results of that session may determine if he can represent Spain in the World Baseball Classic. Beltre is scheduled to leave the Rangers on Sunday, so the team would likely have to offer a definitive answer by tomorrow.

  • RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) and Ramon Mendez (right elbow surgery - stress fracture) will throw a bullpen session Friday.

  • 3B Adrian Beltre continues his recovery from a sore calf and is getting closer to a return.

  • OF Joey Butler (lower back stiffness) and OF Craig Gentry (hamstring tightness) are improving and could see playing time this weekend.

  • RHP Tanner Scheppers (tight left hamstring) and RHP Yoshinori Tateyama (back stiffness) will both throw a bullpen session today.

  • C Eli Whiteside is sidelined with a mild left calf strain.

  • RHP Kyle McClellan (right shoulder soreness) will advance from long toss to throwing off a half mound today.
  • Rangers acquire C Eli Whiteside off waivers

    December, 12, 2012
    12/12/12
    4:19
    PM CT
    From the Texas Rangers:

    The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has acquired catcher Eli Whiteside in a waiver claim from Toronto. Additionally, the team has re-signed infielder/outfielder Brandon Snyder to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

    Whiteside, 33, has now been claimed on waivers by three different clubs this offseason. He had been acquired by Toronto in a waiver claim from New York-AL on December 3 after the Yankees had designated him for assignment on November 28. The Yankees acquired him in a waiver claim from San Francisco on November 5. Whiteside had been arbitration-eligible for 2013, but signed a contract with the Yankees on November 24, which makes him a signed player for next season.

    He spent the bulk of last year with Triple-A Fresno in the San Francisco organization, batting .224 (45-201) with one homer and 20 RBI. He had two stints with the Giants, July 18-31 and Aug. 26-end of season, going 1-for-11 in 12 games. He has a career .215 average over 208 major league games with Baltimore (2005) and San Francisco (2009-12). Whiteside was a member of the Giants’ postseason rosters in 2010, but did not appear in any of the club’s three series that year. As a rookie, the Mississippi native was behind the plate for Jonathan Sanchez’s no-hitter on July 10, 2009 vs. San Diego.

    Snyder, 26, was not tendered a 2013 contract offer by the Rangers on the November 30 deadline. A member of the club’s Opening Day roster, he spent five of the season’s six months in 2012 with the Rangers, batting .277 with 3 homers and 9 RBI in 40 games. He was acquired from Baltimore in a January 3 trade.

    With today’s transactions, the Rangers now have a full 40-man roster along with 13 non-roster invitations to major league spring training camp.

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    BA LEADER
    Adrian Beltre
    BA HR RBI R
    .325 14 54 52
    OTHER LEADERS
    HRA. Beltre 14
    RBIA. Beltre 54
    RE. Andrus 53
    OPSA. Beltre .881
    WY. Darvish 9
    ERAY. Darvish 2.92
    SOY. Darvish 159