Notes: Teixeira's recovery taking time
Rehab assignment looms for McCarthy; Sosa eyes history
ARLINGTON -- It appears Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira won't return before the All-Star break. Teixeira strained his left quadriceps muscle June 8, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 9. He could come off the DL as early as June 24, but it's unlikely."Today is the first day that he's really been up and about," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We'll see how he reacts in the next few days to get a feel for when he will be back. That's still to be determined depending on how he reacts. Fortunately, we have a guy who is in great shape, and if anybody can come back quickly, it's him." When the Rangers placed Teixeira on the DL, they were expecting him to miss 3-4 weeks. Two weeks into the injury, Teixeira is probably 2-4 weeks away from being ready, manager Ron Washington said. Teixeira said he does not have a set timetable, and he is taking it day by day during his rehab. "With a muscle strain, you got to let them heal [on their own]," he said. "I'm going to make sure it's healed [before I return]. "I've been doing a lot of pool work and taking it easy. I've been sleeping a lot -- it's the quickest way to heal." When he went on the DL, Teixeira's franchise record of playing in 507 consecutive games came to an end. "It's tough, but it's part of the game," he said. "It's just a bump in the road. I got to deal with it and keep up [rehab]." McCarthy update: Starter Brandon McCarthy, who went on the DL on June 14, will go on a rehab assignment before rejoining the team. "The purpose of putting him on the disabled list was to make sure he would come back 100 percent, and we were confident the blister was a thing of the past," Daniels said. "We want to make sure he tests it before he comes back." The rehab assignment means a couple more starts for Kameron Loe, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma when McCarthy went on the DL.
Sosa milestone: Sammy Sosa was one home run shy of becoming the fifth Major League player to reach the 600 mark, heading into Tuesday's game against the Cubs. Chicago manager Lou Piniella said reaching that number is a lock for the Hall of Fame."I'm not in position [to say anything] for that, but 600 is 600," Sosa said. "But, somebody else has to make that call." Sosa said the Rangers will celebrate his 600th blast, but it will be far from his last. "I can play five more years," Sosa said with an impish grin. Daniels extension: Owner Tom Hicks announced earlier Tuesday that Daniels received a one-year contract extension through 2009. Shortstop Michael Young said he was in favor of the extension. "As far as wins and losses go [this season], it's unacceptable," he said. "I don't want to rebuild, we need to fix it immediately. ... But, we definitely need stability, that's been an issue the last few years." Young said that turning the team around will not be easy, but it's what he expects. Washington, who was hired by Daniels, was pleased as well. "Jon Daniels is one of the best people I've met in baseball, not because he hired me, but because of who he is," he said. "It shows [Hicks] believes he's going in the right direction." He said it: "I don't have any response to that. I don't want to talk about anything off the field." -- Teixeira, on Daniels' one-year contract extension Monday's Minor League stars:
Gold: Edinson Volquez improved to 6-0 with 10 strikeouts over five innings as Double-A Frisco defeated Midland, 9-4.Silver: Outfielder Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs for Triple-A Oklahoma. The RedHawks led New Orleans, 8-4, when the game was suspended in the ninth so the team could catch a flight. Bronze: RoughRiders shortstop Casey Benjamin went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and hit his sixth home run in the Frisco victory. Pregame festivities: "Buses for Baseball," a program administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and underwritten by Majestic Athletic, provided underprivileged children an opportunity to watch their first Major League Baseball game Tuesday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The select group received round-trip transportation, met players such as Kenny Lofton and Young and received tickets, food and souvenirs. Briefly: Class A Bakersfield is at the All-Star break, with the Blaze sending Chris Davis to the game held Tuesday. ... Class A Clinton had eight players selected to the Midwest League All-Star Game played Tuesday: Chad Tracy, John Whittleman, K.C. Herren, Jose Vallejo, Broc Coffman, Omar Poveda, Zachary Phillips and Brennan Garr. ... Class A Spokane begins its season Tuesday against Eugene. Up next: The Rangers hand the ball to Loe in the second of a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday at 7:35 p.m. CT at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Cubs counter with right-hander Jason Marquis.
Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.