09/17/10 9:23 PM ET
Hamilton gets cortisone shot for ailing ribs
Outfielder hopes to start taking batting practice on Monday
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Francoeur getting first base instruction
SEATTLE -- Manager Ron Washington started giving Jeff Francoeur some individual instruction at first base on Friday. Francoeur has never played first base in professional baseball, and it's extremely unlikely that he will for the Rangers this season.But the Rangers are at least looking at it. "We just want to see what he looks like," Washington said. "I can't commit to anything until we see what he looks like. We're looking for versatility. We know he has a powerful right-handed bat..." Asked if the odds were astronomical that Francoeur played first base in the playoffs, Washington said, "Is there anything higher than astronomical?" Jorge Cantu has been the Rangers right-handed-hitting first baseman and he will start there on Saturday against Seattleleft-hander Jason Vargas. But he is hitting just .203 (13-for-64) without a home run or RBI since being acquired from the Marlins at the Trade Deadline, and there is no guarantee that he will be on the playoff roster. But Washington made it clear that he's trying to get Cantu going against left-handers, considering there is a possibility they could face either Yankees ace CC Sabathia or Tampa Bay's David Price in the first game of the playoffs. The other option would be to have Mitch Moreland start facing left-handers. He is just 4-for-17 off them since making his Major League debut on July 29. "Maybe ... I haven't thought about that," Washington said. "I'm trying to keep Cantu engaged against left-handers."
Andrus getting second wind
SEATTLE -- Elvis Andrus is starting to get his second wind after missing five games with tight hamstrings on the last road trip. Andrus was 6-for-16 with seven runs scored over his last four games going into Friday night.Andrus also said getting two days off this week helped. The Rangers did not play on Monday or Thursday, giving Andrus much-needed time off. "That helped," Andrus said. "Those days off really came at the right time. I was able to work out and get some rest. The hamstrings feel good and my legs feel 100 percent. I just need to continue to get treatment and get really loose before the game."
Jones joins Texas after successful OKC season
SEATTLE -- Triple-A manager Bobby Jones joined the Rangers on Friday. He will be with them on the road trip. Jones guided the Oklahoma City RedHawks into the Pacific Coast League playoffs, but they were swept in the first round."At the end, we just didn't have enough," Jones said. "We got in the playoffs, but we were struggling offensively. The pitching wasn't bad, but we weren't hitting." Part of the problem was the Rangers took several key players, including catcher Taylor Teagarden, first baseman Mitch Moreland and infielder Esteban German. Injuries to outfielders Craig Gentry (broken wrist) and Chad Tracy (pulled rib cage muscle) also cost the RedHawks. This was Jones' seventh straight season as Oklahoma City's manager, and his last. He will be back with the Rangers next season, but they are moving their Triple-A affiliate to Round Rock. Jones admitted to being a little sad about leaving Oklahoma City. "I am," Jones said. "I made some great friends in the stands and we had a lot of support. It's tough. It was pretty emotional during the last playoff game, but it's time to move on." Jones, of course, has been the visiting manager at Round Rock and described the facility there as gorgeous. "Beautiful ballpark," Jones said. "The best thing is there are always 7,000 to 10,000 people in the stands. Oklahoma City drew OK, but not like Round Rock. That's the big thing."
Playoff tickets go on sale tomorrow
Individual game tickets for possible 2010 American League Division Series games at the Ballpark in Arlington will go on sale at 9 a.m. (CT) Saturday.Tickets can be purchased online at texasrangers.com, on the phone at 972-RANGERS, and in person at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington First Base box office. Hours for the phone sale and box office will be 9 a.m. CT until 4 p.m. CT on Saturday and noon until 4 p.m. CT on Sunday. There is a possibility of up to three American League Division Series games that could be played at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Tickets may be purchased for Game 1, Game 2, or Game 3 of the ALDS. The 2010 American League Division Series is scheduled from Oct. 6-13. Individuals may purchase a maximum of eight tickets per ALDS game. There will be an additional service fee charged for tickets purchased online or over the phone. Several thousand reserved seats, obstructed-view seats, and standing-room tickets remain for a possible ALDS Game 1 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. There are over 15,000 reserved seats remaining for a possible Game 2 and Game 3 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Alexi Ogando's 1.30 ERA is the lowest among all Major League pitchers with at least 30 innings pitched. ... Pitcher Matt Harrison turned 25 on Thursday. ... Frank Francisco (strained rib cage muscle) is with the Rangers and still hoping to resume throwing on Monday.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.