ARLINGTON -- Clark Murphy, the Rangers' Minor League first baseman who took over two months off to care for his brother who was in a car crash, made his return to baseball on Monday, playing for the Rangers' Arizona Rookie League squad.Conrad, Clark's brother, was hit by an 18-wheeler while he was driving home from baseball practice. Murphy said in late June that he was hoping to return at some point this year, if his brother made significant progress. "He's walking with a cane, and talking in full sentences," Murphy said. "He's got a long road ahead, but he's still made a lot of progress already. Hopefully he'll keep being stubborn and makes a lot of progress, hopefully towards a full recovery." Murphy said he was feeling the pull to return to baseball as early as June. With his brother walking and making solid improvement, Murphy felt it was the right time to return to the playing field now. The Rangers made it clear that he could take until next Spring Training if he and his family felt that was necessary. "It was a blessing to be back," Clark said. "It was just awesome to be out on the field again." Murphy made the return memorable, as he hit a home run on his first swing in the game. "The first swing I took since I came back, I hit one out," Murphy said. "I definitely surprised myself, but I did it for my brother."
Beltre hoping to return in two weeks
ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said Monday he is hopeful that he will be off the disabled list in a minimum of 15 days.Manager Ron Washington is not so sure. "I hope he is a quick healer, and I hope he gets right," Washington said. "We're not taking any chances in getting him back here before he is right." Beltre suffered a strained left hamstring on Friday night against the Blue Jays and was placed on the DL on Saturday. "It's exactly the same injury that [Julio] Borbon had and he came back in three weeks," Beltre said. "I'm a quick healer, I'm hoping to come back in two weeks." Beltre was hitting .276 with 20 home runs when he was hurt and he was second in the league with 76 RBIs. He was also hitting .330 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in his last 24 games. "I was getting into a groove offensively and playing better defensively," Beltre said. "I'm bummed out this happened. But the doctor said it could have been worse. I'm thankful it's not two or three months and just two to three weeks."
Youngs establish charitable foundation
ARLINGTON -- On Monday, Michael Young and his wife, Cristina Barbosa, announced the establishment of Young's new charity, the Michael Young Family Foundation.Despite being active in community work, Young had never had his own foundation, instead giving his time to existing charities. "Starting this foundation is something Michael and I have been talking about for years," Barbosa said. "The mission of this foundation is to improve children's health. Whether it's physical, social, mental or educational, it gives us greater flexibility to impact children's lives on a broader scale." The first event for the foundation will be the Celebrity BaseBOWL Tournament, which will take place after the Rangers game on Sept. 11 at 300 Dallas Bowling Lanes. "Cristina and I couldn't be more excited about creating our own foundation," Young said. "We've always felt it's important to give back to the community, and now we have the ability to take it to the next level, starting with our bowling tournament." The Young family's charitable endeavors includes Wipe Out Kids Cancer Ambassador Program and the Young Heroes Scholarship Program.
The Rangers were shut out on Sunday for the first time at home since Aug. 28, 2010. Reliever Darren O'Day pitched another scoreless inning for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and has not allowed a run in five innings since being optioned at the All-Star break. Class A Hickory shortstop Jurickson Profar is hitting .361 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs over 18 games in July.
The Rangers have signed first baseman/outfielder Val Majewski, 30, and assigned him to Round Rock. He began this season with York in the independent Atlantic League, batting .317 with 11 homers, 48 RBIs and 63 runs over 71 games, landing a spot in the circuit's all-star game on July 13. He played nine games with the Orioles in 2004, going 2-for-13 with a double, RBI and run scored.
The Rangers honored former outfielder Oddibe McDowell before Monday's game against the Twins. The Rangers recognized him for being inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame on July 6. McDowell, who played at Arizona State, was the Rangers' No. 1 pick in the 1984 Draft and played for them from 1985-89.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.