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07/20/07 9:19 PM ET
Notes: Padilla on schedule to return
Righty to pitch two innings on Tuesday at Double-A Frisco
By Drew Davison / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Vicente Padilla, on the disabled list with right triceps irritation, will throw a bullpen session on Saturday and then a two-inning (30-35 pitches) game at Double-A Frisco on Tuesday.
Pitching coach Mark Connor said he is using a Spring Training-type schedule for Padilla.
"I think if we can get him through a couple of starts with no problems, then we can bump the pitch count up a little quicker than we could in Spring Training," Connor said. "He threw real well yesterday. No problem with that. It's just the sitting down and getting up process [during a game].
"In the bullpen warmup [Saturday], I'll not get him totally where I want him to be and sit him down. Then, I'll get him back up and it'll kind of be like two sessions in one."
Padilla will then take two days off before heading to Frisco. He struggled in his first rehab assignment July 12, leaving after 2 2/3 innings and allowing four runs.
He went on the disabled list June 25 with a record of 3-8 and a 6.69 ERA through 15 starts.
"I think people don't understand how tough it is to go out there and pitch in a Major League game with pain," Connor said. "If you have pain out there, it gets in your head and it affects location more than your stuff. When you don't locate up here, you're going to get your brains beat out."
Padilla is able to throw all of his pitches without problems. To keep his elbow area from stiffening up, trainer Jamie Reed suggested heating the elbow area between innings.
Kinsler getting close:
Second baseman Ian Kinsler had a CT scan Friday on his left foot and the results were encouraging.
"I'm a week away," Kinsler said. "I could push it, but there is no reason to push it and take a chance when we're playing well."
Kinsler ran 60 percent Thursday with his foot feeling fine and will work on double-play drills Saturday. He will go on a rehab assignment before rejoining the team.
Starter Robinson Tejeda has allowed less than three earned runs just once in his last nine starts. Connor said Tejeda has not been able to repeat his delivery in games or bullpen sessions. Despite his struggles, manager Ron Washington is sticking with Tejeda for now.
"We haven't stopped giving him the ball and until we stop giving him the ball, we're going to wait until he gets his act together," Washington said. "We're hoping and praying that something clicks. Every time you go out there, you're pitching for a spot on this rotation."
Actor Vin Diesel and dignitaries from the Dominican Republic, Sammy Sosa's home country, will be on hand for Sosa's 600 home run celebration before Saturday's game. Sosa became the fifth member of the 600 home run club June 20 against the Cubs.
He said it:
"This team is focused. We're not worried about any of the trade rumors, we're just here to play baseball. Our first goal should be to get to .500, then start knocking off teams ahead of us." -- outfielder Frank Catalanotto.
Thursday's Minor League stars:
Gold: Right-hander Edinson Volquez allowed one run on one hit over seven innings leading Triple-A Oklahoma over Memphis, 7-1. Volquez struck out seven and walked four in his season debut for the RedHawks.
Derek Holland won his first game of the season as Class A Spokane defeated Vancouver, 6-2. The left-hander threw five scoreless innings allowing two hits with seven strikeouts.
In his first action since being promoted from Double-A Frisco, Adam Fox went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored for Oklahoma. Fox was promoted when Jason Botts went on the 7-day disabled list.
Kenny Lofton stole his 21st base this season (620th career) Thursday, tying Otis Nixon at 15th on the all-time list. ... Washington hit ground balls to Hank Blalock on Friday. Blalock did everything except throw.
Right-hander Jamey Wright pitches for the Rangers against left-hander Cliff Lee of the Indians Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. CT.