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03/08/12 1:02 PM ET

Hawpe has setback with sore right hamstring

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Infielder Brad Hawpe, who was scheduled to play first base in the Rangers' "B" game against the White Sox on Thursday, was scratched because of a setback in his recovery from a sore right hamstring.

Hawpe, who signed a Minor League deal with the Rangers in January and is in camp as a non-roster invitee, was expected to lead off every inning of the contest in his first action of Spring Training.

"I just overdid it," Hawpe said of his Wednesday workout, which caused the setback. "I doubled up on some infield and doubled up on some outfield, and then after hitting, I felt it during conditioning."

The 32-year-old veteran has spent eight years in the big leagues, but is with his fourth club since 2010. He spent most of the first seven years of his career with the Rockies, where he was an All-Star in '09.

Hawpe said he'll rest the hamstring on Thursday before resuming workouts on Friday, though he didn't know what that would entail.

"Just give it a day," Hawpe said. "Get back at it tomorrow."

Washington wants 'Yu to be Yu' and speak mind

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Ron Washington has a message for his newest high-profile player: Just be Yu.

Right-hander Yu Darvish, who made his Cactus League debut in front of 150 or so media members on Wednesday against the Padres, caused a bit of a stir after the game when he implied that San Diego's Will Venable didn't barrel up a 92-mph fastball that was hit off the wall in center field, as Venable implied.

Venable laughed it off and said, "Maybe his perception of reality is not right on."

Thursday, the Rangers manager took no issue with Darvish's postgame comments.

"I'd like for Yu to be Yu," Washington said when asked if he'd like the pitcher to demonstrate a bit more humility. "If that's Yu and that's what he feels, say it. I'm not gonna take that away from him. As far as Venable goes, he said what he felt like he had to say. And now we move on."

It's likely to be the most high-profile debut of this year's Spring Training. Darvish struck out three and allowed two hits in two innings, including Venable's second-inning double that was hit about 30 feet up the center-field wall that's located 410 feet from home plate.

"He showed some confidence in himself and that's a good thing," Washington said of Darvish. "I believe Venable knows what happened right there. He hit the ball off the center-field wall. Whether he didn't get it or not, that's up to Venable to decide."

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.‬ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.