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03/05/11 8:50 PM ET

Torrealba returns to Rangers' lineup

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Catcher Yorvit Torrealba returned to the lineup against the D-backs on Saturday after missing two scheduled starts with back stiffness.

Torrealba went 0-for-2 and threw out one of three attempted base stealers. But more importantly, the catcher said his back felt great after the game.

"Honestly, I don't feel anything up there," Torrealba said. "My back didn't bother me at all."

Saturday marked just the second start of the spring for Torrealba, who signed a two-year deal with the Rangers over the offseason.

"It's good to get him some repetition," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I've only seen him once."

Torrealba, 31, batted .271 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs in 95 games last season with the Padres, and is a career .257 hitter over parts of 10 big league seasons. But Washington said the club added Torrealba for his work behind the plate, and not his production at the plate.

"He works well with pitchers," Washington said. "Defense and working with the pitchers is first, and then everything else falls into that. And that, to me, is what a catcher is."

Scheppers' MRI reveals no structural damage

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers, who experienced lower back stiffness in his right side after his start on Thursday, was evaluated by Dr. Keith Meister on Saturday, with an MRI revealing no structural damage.

Scheppers, considered to be one of the Rangers' top pitching prospects, is scheduled to continue to receive treatment on his back this weekend, and if it doesn't improve, he could receive an anti-inflammatory injection on Monday.

Scheppers will also miss his scheduled start against the Angels on Tuesday, but the club will wait to see how his back responds before making any more decisions.

Beltre, Webb set for next phase of rehab

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- New additions Adrian Beltre and Brandon Webb are scheduled to take big steps in their respective returns from injuries on Sunday.

Beltre -- who still hasn't made his spring debut with the Rangers yet because of a strained right calf -- is expected to take ground balls with third-base coach Dave Anderson for the first time since his injury, and will continue taking batting practice as he has for the last week.

"He's going to field early with Dave, where he can work at his own pace," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

But Beltre is still not quite ready to begin running drills, and the team acknowledged earlier this week he might not be ready to return by the original target date of March 10.

Webb, meanwhile, is slated to throw his fourth bullpen after a long toss session on Saturday at Salt River Fields. It means Webb, who is coming back from shoulder surgery, is getting closer to making his spring debut, as live batting practice is likely the next step before game action.

"We'll see how it goes with the bullpen," Washington said. "He might have to get another bullpen, so we'll just have to wait to see how it goes in this session."

Rangers first-day ticket sales up over 2010

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rangers sold more than 108,000 tickets -- a 15 percent increase over last season -- on the first day of regular-season ticket sales on Saturday.

The figure represents tickets sold at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, MLB.com, phone sales and group sales for all games, except Opening Day.

Sales were especially strong for the Rangers' game against the Red Sox on Saturday, April 2 -- with the game expected to sell out before Opening Day.

The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington west ticket office will be open on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. CT, and Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. CT.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.