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08/13/07 1:15 AM ET

Gabbard leaves with forearm stiffness

Rangers southpaw expected to make next scheduled start

ARLINGTON -- Kason Gabbard left Sunday's start in the second inning because of stiffness in his left forearm. Gabbard experienced stiffness on Friday after he threw his bullpen session.

"I just overworked it with the day off [Thursday]," Gabbard said. "It's just a minor setback. I didn't want to have anything else happen."

Gabbard, in his third start for Texas, threw just 18 pitches. He started the first inning by giving up a single to Jonny Gomes, then he retired the next three hitters, including two on strikeouts. The left-handed Gabbard threw one pitch, a changeup, in the second inning, getting Delmon Young on a fly to right field.

"He had a little forearm stiffness [in the second], and I said, 'That's it,'" manager Ron Washington said. "He wanted to stay out there. We knew he had it before the game started. It's nothing to be concerned about."

Gabbard still is scheduled to start on Friday at Minnesota. He said the stiffness affected his two-seamer and changeup the most, but not his curveball.

Gabbard has had three arthroscopic elbow surgeries and one ulna nerve operation since turning professional. However, he has never experienced strain in his forearm.

"I think I'm always going to have problems with my elbow," Gabbard said. "But this wasn't a major thing, just a minor setback. Obviously, it's frustrating and aggravating.

"I'm going to stay on my same routine. I'm going to stick with my program and go get them Friday."

Gabbard was acquired by the Rangers in a trade that sent Eric Gagne to the Red Sox on July 31. He won his last start, against Oakland on Tuesday, after allowing three runs on five hits over six innings. He lost his Rangers debut, giving up three runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Indians.

Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.