ARLINGTON -- Brandon Webb had an ugly rehab outing Sunday for the Frisco RoughRiders, lasting only two-thirds of an innings while giving up four earned runs.Despite the unsightly line score, Webb insists that his 36-pitch outing was not a case of getting shelled. "I feel pretty good," Webb said. "I didn't think there was a hard-hit ball. There were four of them that were ground balls in the hole, one little blooper. Nothing was at them. I don't know that I made my best pitches, but nothing was hit at anybody."
Webb struck out one and walked one. His Double-A ERA now sits at 11.57.
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"I don't think it is a step back in the way I felt or anything like that," Webb said. "I had pretty good stuff. I didn't really get the work in that I really needed."Webb said he touched 87 mph in the first inning, but felt even better in the bullpen after the game. "In the 'pen when I finished up were probably the best pitches I've thrown," Webb said. "I feel like the velocity was coming around. From what they said, I was at 85 or 87 in the first, and it usually gets better as the game goes on."
Torrealba rests after bout of dehydration
ARLINGTON -- Yorvit Torrealba was held out of Monday's game against the Astros after leaving Sunday's game in the fifth inning due to dehydration.Torrealba was not supposed to start Sunday after catching 19 innings over the previous two days in Atlanta, but when Taylor Teagarden was unavailable to start the game, Torrealba was pressed into duty. "He got dehydrated," Rangers manager Ron Washington said Monday. "The thing is, I really didn't want to play him yesterday. Teagarden wasn't ready to go, but then he had to go." Torrealba said that he is, in fact, healthy. "I feel great; I feel a lot better, obviously," Torrealba said. "Yesterday, it was kind of hot there, so I was just dehydrated." Torrealba said he felt odd as early as the second inning, but still managed to go 2-for-2 in his two plate appearances. Alexi Ogando also received an IV treatment while pitching Sunday afternoon in Atlanta, but Washington said he is healthy. "They're all good, but I'm not going to play Torrealba today," Washington said. "I'm going to give Torrie a day, might give him two." Teagarden batted eighth for the Rangers in Monday's game against the Astros.
Ogando fooled by Atlanta's humidity
ARLINGTON -- Being based in Texas, where the gametime temperature routinely matches the speed of one of Nolan Ryan's old fastballs, it seems odd that an 88-degree day in Atlanta on Sunday could cause the Rangers' players so much trouble, with both Yorvit Torrealba and Alexi Ogando getting dehydrated Sunday.But the temperature only tells half the story -- the problem for the players was the 50 percent humidity. "Here, there's no humidity," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "You walk out in that [Atlanta] heat, you start to pit out. I wasn't even playing and I was pitting out. I wish you could get a close-up look at that uniform that was hanging out on Ogando." Ogando said he felt dehydrated almost immediately. "I didn't drink a lot of liquids before the game," Ogando said through a translator. "As soon as I got into the game, it was, 'Wow, what's going on?' So after that I got a lot of liquids and the IV." It might have been a case of the temperature masking how difficult the playing surface would be. "That's never happened to me before, because when I go to play, I always drink a lot of water, but I didn't drink anything that day," Ogando said. "That is my mistake. Here, when I'm going to pitch, every game I do that." Especially during day games or days with high humidity, it makes staying hydrated and preparing physically to play even more important. "You just got to prepare yourself for those summer stretches. You just got to take into consideration getting your body prepared for these hot temperatures and humidity," catcher Taylor Teagarden said. "It means eating better, drinking tons of fluids, staying hydrated because it can catch up to you quick."
Rangers will wait to determine Hunter's role
ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said Tommy Hunter's role when he completes his rehabilitation stint is unknown at this point."He's got to get up here first," Washington said. "I think all that is going to be determined by how he's doing down there. He's still 10 days, two weeks away. I think we need to let Tommy Hunter tell us what we need to do, instead of us trying to determine what he needs to do." Hunter went six innings in his last rehabilitation start at Triple-A Round Rock, throwing 85 pitches while giving up four earned runs on 10 hits. Washington said that Hunter is not fully healthy yet, and the team will be watching closely to see if he will be slotted in the bullpen or the starting rotation. "I don't know," Washington said. "You just got to wait and see until Tommy Hunter is ready, see where we are as far as the pitching goes, where the need is, and then we'll make a determination, because we feel he could go either way."
Rangers fans to try for sunglasses record
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will attempt to set a world record for the "most people wearing sunglasses in the dark" on Tuesday to celebrate the first day of summer.Reliant Energy will be providing 30,000 pairs of sunglasses to fans. The fans will be asked to wear sunglasses at the end of the sixth inning for 10 minutes. An official adjudicator from Guinness World Records will be on site to immediately confirm the successful attempt.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.