Notes: Hairston placed on DL
Utility man nursing pinched nerve in right side of neck
HOUSTON -- The Rangers have placed utility man Jerry Hairston on the disabled list to make room for pitcher John Koronka, their starter for Saturday night's game against the Houston Astros.The Rangers are planning to send Koronka back to Triple-A Oklahoma after Saturday's game and call up reliever Wes Littleton. Then they will activate Frank Catalanotto off the disabled list on Monday. The Rangers had hoped to hold off putting Hairston on the disabled list. sBut they had to add Koronka and they didn't want to send down a position player. That would have left manager Ron Washington with a short bench against the Astros. Hairston is back in Arlington with a pinched nerve in the right side of his neck and has been unavailable during the three-game series with the Astros. "Hopefully, Jerry will be up and running soon," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "But the nature of the injury, we didn't want to rush him back." Catalanotto, on the disabled list with acute biceps tendinitis in his right arm, was 2-for-7 in his first two games on medical rehabilitation assignment at Oklahoma and has resumed throwing again. "He made 30 throws [on Friday] and the arm feels better than it has been," Washington said. "The first couple of days, I'm not going to put him back in the outfield. I'm going to DH him and see what the arm is like. After that, we'll get him back in the outfield." Metcalf ready: Travis Metcalf went right into the lineup Saturday, making his Major League debut against left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and the Astros. Washington's plan is to start Metcalf against left-handed pitchers and select right-handers. He has both Ramon Vazquez and Matt Kata to keep from over-exposing Metcalf. "The kid's got game," Washington said. "If they throw it over the plate, he just needs to swing at it and hit it. If they hit the ball to him, he just needs to catch it and throw it." Metcalf was called up because Hank Blalock is undergoing shoulder surgery on Monday and will be out 10-12 weeks.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.