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07/26/08 3:49 PM ET

Laird activated; Millwood placed on DL

Catcher to be in lineup Sunday; pitcher has strained groin

OAKLAND -- Gerald Laird is back with the Rangers and hoping he has better luck against Major League pitchers than he did with the Triple-A variety.

Laird was 0-for-12 in four games for Triple-A Oklahoma on a medical rehabilitation assignment before being activated on Saturday prior to the Rangers' game with the Athletics at McAfee Coliseum.

"They were keeping me in check, I'll tell you that," Laird said. "I saw some good stuff. [Oklahoma manager] Bobby Jones was all over me saying I was killing his team. But I feel fine, I just couldn't find any holes. Hopefully I saved all my hits for up here."

To make room for Laird, the Rangers officially placed right-hander Kevin Millwood on the disabled list with a strained groin muscle. The Rangers will have to make another roster move on Sunday to activate pitcher Eric Hurley off the disabled list and are expected to send catcher Max Ramirez back to Triple-A.

Laird has been on the disabled list since June 21 with a pulled right hamstring muscle.

"I feel good," Laird said. "I don't know if I'm 100 percent, but I can score [from second] on a base hit, and the other day I went from first to third. I feel good blocking, throwing and receiving behind the plate. I'm ready to go. The first game back it was tough getting back into the swing of things, but I started seeing the ball better the last two games and getting my timing back. The last game there I felt I was back to the point where I can get the job done."

Laird, who was hitting .306 with four home runs and 25 RBIs in 51 games and 183 at-bats, did not start on Saturday but is expected to be back in the lineup on Sunday.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.