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08/05/08 7:38 PM ET

Padilla heads home for family matter

Rangers expect hurler back in time for next start on Saturday

ARLINGTON -- The latest on the Rangers' attempts to get their rotation straightened out:

• Vicente Padilla has returned to his home in Nicaragua to attend to a family matter. The Rangers expect him back in time for his next start against the Orioles on Saturday in Baltimore.

• Eric Hurley had a cortisone shot on Monday to relieve the inflammation in his right shoulder. He's still hasn't resumed throwing yet and it's going to be awhile before he returns to the rotation.

• Kevin Millwood, on the disabled list with a strained groin muscle, is scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Wednesday. If that goes well, he could make a medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues this weekend and be back in the rotation no later than Aug. 16 against the Rays.

"That's my hope," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "How he does will determine that."

• Brandon McCarthy, who has missed the entire season with a bad elbow, makes his sixth start on medical rehabilitation assignment for Triple-A Oklahoma, but the Rangers aren't in any hurry to rush him back.

"We want to make sure he's right," Washington said. "We're not bringing him up here to have him break down."

• Tommy Hunter starts on Wednesday but could get skipped in his next start because the Rangers have a day off on Monday.

• The Rangers seem to have temporarily abandoned any idea of limiting Scott Feldman. He's scheduled to start on Thursday and again next Tuesday on his regular four days' rest.

"We need him to throw," Washington said. "We'll let him stay in the ballgame as long as he needs to be out there."

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