Returns for Holland, Cruz are delayed
Rangers have not scheduled players for rehab assignments
MILWAUKEE -- The Rangers are coming to the conclusion that they are not going to have pitcher Derek Holland or outfielder Nelson Cruz anytime soon.Holland, who is on the disabled list with inflammation in his left shoulder, has been sent to the Rangers training facility in Surprise, Ariz., to continue his workouts. He threw on flat ground Friday and will do that at least one more time before going back on a mound. The plan is for Holland to throw at least two sessions of batting practice in Arizona before being assigned to the Minor Leagues on a medical rehabilitation assignment. The Rangers expect Holland to make at least two starts in the Minors before thinking about bringing him back to the Majors. "That's a fair assessment," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We want to make sure [the inflammation] is completely out of there before he gets back out on the mound. He hasn't lost a lot of arm strength, so it shouldn't be that long once we get him to the mound. Holland was 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA in four starts and one relief appearance before he was shut down with inflammation two weeks ago. Cruz is with the Rangers in Milwaukee but is not close to going on a rehab assignment. He is sidelined with a torn hamstring in his left leg and is still running about 70 percent to 80 percent. Cruz was hoping to be ready for a rehab assignment this weekend and be activated on Tuesday. But that isn't going to happen. He is probably at least seven days from getting to that point. The best-case scenario now is being ready next weekend while the team is in Houston and then being activated on the next homestand. This is the second time Cruz has been on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, and the Rangers don't want to rush him back. "We want to make sure when he comes back, he comes back for good," Daniels said.
Guerrero to play two of three in NL parks
MILWAUKEE -- Vladimir Guerrero started in right field on Friday against the Brewers. With the game being played in the National League city, there is no designated hitter.The plan is for Guerrero to start Friday and Sunday in Milwaukee, then Tuesday and Thursday in Florida. Manager Ron Washington isn't sure what he will do next weekend in Houston, because he wants Guerrero to play in two of three games in each of the three series in NL parks. But Washington doesn't want to use Guerrero on back-to-back days in the outfield. Guerrero said he is looking forward to being in the outfield but is not particularly eager to make it his full-time occupation again. Guerrero is becoming more accustomed to life as a designated hitter. "I'm OK with being a part-time outfielder," Guerrero said. "I'm starting to get used to not playing out there. I like playing, and I feel healthy, so I'm OK with what I'm doing. I'm not concerned about getting back to being a full-time outfielder." Guerrero went into Friday's game hitting .339 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs. David Murphy will start in right field Saturday.
No changes planned at catching position
MILWAUKEE -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia has overcome his throwing issues at Triple-A Oklahoma City, but the Rangers aren't ready to bring him back to the Major Leagues.General manager Jon Daniels said that has more to do with Matt Treanor and Max Ramirez than it does with Saltalamacchia. Daniels said the Rangers are happy with the job both are doing and are not ready to make any changes right now. Saltalamacchia, who was the Rangers' Opening Day catcher, is an option if there is an injury, but the Rangers are keeping him at Oklahoma City. "Right now, we're pleased with the two guys we've got," Daniels said. "The team is playing well. It's less about Jarrod and more about the job Max and Matt are doing. That's not a knock on Jarrod at all. He's fine, healthwise. As far as his throwing, he has made major strides."
Borbon finds his stroke against lefties
MILWAUKEE -- Part of Julio Borbon's resurgence at the plate has been his improvement against left-handed pitchers. Borbon has six hits in his last 12 at-bats against left-handed pitchers and was in the lineup Friday against Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson.Manager Ron Washington said he is planning on using Craig Gentry against left-hander Manny Parra on Saturday. "He's a different kind of left-hander," Washington said. "He throws hard and has a nasty slider. But I'm going to play Borbon against left-handers." Borbon, who took an eight-game hitting streak into Friday's game, is one of the Rangers' hottest hitters. He was hitting .467 (14-for-30) in June, the second highest average in the Major Leagues. He was also hitting .328 in his last 44 games since being moved to the bottom of the order.
Washington has reunion of sorts with Macha
MILWAUKEE -- Manager Ron Washington will be going against his old buddy Ken Macha this weekend. Macha is in his second year as the Brewers manager, but he spent four years running the Athletics, where Washington was his third base coach.They were also on the Oakland coaching staff together under Art Howe. "He's a very smart baseball man," Washington said of Macha. "I enjoyed the time we spent together in Oakland. He's well-prepared. He doesn't panic. He stays the course. He believes in his players. I'm happy he was able to get back in the game." Macha has similar respect for Washington. "Tremendous baseball guy," Macha said. "He brings a lot to the team ... very upbeat. He has a lot of energy. His work ethic as far as working with infielders -- I know Tony La Russa brags about his infield guys, but he's never had Wash work for him or with him. As far as I'm concerned, Wash is the best guy out there, and I think the proof is in the product that he put out there in Oakland."
The Rangers have agreed to terms with 19 more draft picks, the club announced Friday. The list included Michigan State shortstop Jonathan Roof (8th round), Louisiana-Lafayette right-handed pitcher Zach Osborne (9th round), University of Toledo outfielder Jared Hoying (10th round) and left-handed pitcher Chris Hanna (11th round) out of Stratford (S.C.) High.Others signed were: first baseman Andrew Clark (13th round), outfielder Ryan Strausborger (16th), RHP Anthony Haase (17th), RHP Brett Weibley (19th), RHP Ben Rowen (21), LHP Alexander Claudio (27th), LHP Justin Earls (31), LHP Matt Hill (33), SS Kevin Rodland (34), OF Jason Kudlock (36), C Carson Vitale (38th), OF Travis Meiners (40th) RHP Colby Killian (41), LHP Kevin Johnson (42) and C Jonathan Moore (45).
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.