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ARLINGTON -- First baseman Mark Teixeira went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps muscle Saturday afternoon. It ends his consecutive games streak at 507, a club record.
"It was going to end eventually," Teixeira said. "There is a big difference between taking a day off and getting hurt. I didn't need to take a day off."
Teixeira said he had no visions of even approaching Cal Ripken Jr.'s consecutive game streak.
"One thing you could count on was him suiting up," shortstop Michael Young said. "That's what I'm most impressed about him as a teammate."
With Teixeira out of the lineup, Young will bat third and teammate Marlon Byrd will bat second.
Teixeira strained his quad trying to beat out a ground ball Friday night against Milwaukee.
"I stepped on the bag and over-strained it," Teixeira said. "It's disappointing, but it's part of the game. I've been completely healthy my entire career. Unfortunately, it happened."
Teixeira had an MRI earlier Saturday when the doctors advised him to rest.
"We had to stop Tex from hurting himself," manager Ron Washington said. "If there was any way he could go out there, he would. But, the last thing he didn't want to do was hurt the team."
The Rangers activated Brad Wilkerson to start at first Saturday night. Washington said he expected Wilkerson to finish the week at Double-A Frisco and rejoin the team Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
"He always comes [to Rangers Ballpark] to get treatment before he heads to Frisco," Washington said. "Today, we told him to stay for a little while."
Wilkerson started Friday night in left field for Frisco and said it was good to get his legs back under him.
"I feel good, ready to put some spark in the lineup," Wilkerson said.
Wilkerson was placed on the DL May 16 with a hamstring injury.
"It was a weird injury," he said. "It was a tease. One day I'd feel ready to go, but a couple days later, I wouldn't."
Wilkerson said playing first base would not be a problem.
To make room for Wilkerson, the Rangers optioned pitcher Kameron Loe to Triple-A Oklahoma.
"That was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," Washington said. "But, he has to develop his offspeed pitches to use when he's behind in the count."
Loe said he thought he would have one more start because the team did not send him down Friday.
"I haven't exactly been doing Cy Young material," he said. "I've got to figure it out and do what it takes to get back. I can't be mad at anybody."
Loe said he would work on controlling his sinker on both sides of the plate, as well as working on his secondary pitches -- a changeup and slider.
"I haven't been throwing [my secondary pitches] with the consistency I need to," he said.
The Rangers want Loe to continue to develop as a starter, which is why they didn't put him in the bullpen.
"We want to keep him stretched out," Washington said. "We've got enough guys in the bullpen."
Third baseman Travis Metcalf was recalled earlier Saturday when Teixeira went on the DL. Washington said, starting Sunday, Metcalf would be the everyday third baseman.
"We're not bringing him up and sitting him," he said.
The Rangers have used four third basemen since Hank Blalock went on the 60-day DL May 18.
Wright to start:
With Loe optioned to Triple-A, Washington said starter Jamey Wright could come off the disabled list and start next Saturday at Cincinnati. Wright is scheduled to start on a rehab assignment Sunday at Oklahoma.
Wright went on the DL April 21 with shoulder inflammation.
With an off-day on Monday, the rotation can be pushed up a day, so Kevin Millwood will start Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Minor League recap:
The top performers from Friday
Gold: Class A Clinton starter Zachary Phillips threw seven shutout innings as the LumberKings defeated Peoria, 10-1.
Silver: Double-A Frisco defeated San Antonio, 6-3, as first baseman Jim Fasano went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, his sixth of the season.
Bronze: Outfielder Jon Weber went 2-for-4 with his eighth home run of the season as Class A Bakersfield lost to Visalia, 5-4.
He said it:
"I can't think of days when there hasn't been [bad news]. We just keep losing people we usually depend on." -- Ron Washington on if there is ever a day without bad news.
The Rangers finish up a six-game homestand against Milwaukee Sunday at 7:35 p.m. CT at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers send right-hander Vicente Padilla to the mound against right-hander Dave Bush of the Brewers.