06/15/08 12:41 PM ET
Rain spoils Blalock's rehab plans
Slugger's hopes of taking batting practice put on hold for now
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
"I just haven't planned it out," said Blalock, who has been on the disabled list since April 29.Blalock and the Rangers still hope he can be activated off the disabled list on Friday when they open a three-game series against the Nationals in Washington D.C. But they still want him to play at least three games on medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minors before that happens. "We just want to make sure everything is healed," manager Ron Washington said. "I'm not concerned about his hitting. He just needs to see some pitching and get some live work around first base." Blalock had surgery on his wrist on May 30, leaving his right hand weak. He was hoping that a couple of days of intensive outdoor batting practice would strengthen and test it while the Rangers were at Shea Stadium. That did not happen, so Blalock will try again on Monday when the Rangers return to Arlington. He'll take batting practice on Monday at Rangers Ballpark, then see what the next step is. "I'm just taking each day as it comes," Blalock said.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.