07/17/12 10:00 PM ET
Rangers watch market as Trade Deadline looms
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Rangers not likely to deal for offensive help
OAKLAND -- The Rangers' offense hasn't been as good as they hoped lately, but it's still unlikely to be an area of emphasis as the Trade Deadline approaches. The Rangers have a set lineup, and unless there is a major injury, they are prepared to stay with that group."I just don't see much we're going to do," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Our guys are our guys. Obviously they have been less consistent than you would like to see. The quality of at-bats haven't been great, but we still lead the league in runs. You could look at it either way. "We're going to get Mitch Moreland [strained left hamstring] back. When he's right, he's capable of giving us quality at-bats. That's what we need right now, is guys doing what they're capable of doing." Daniels did admit the Rangers are open to doing something to add more offense off the bench, rather than trading for a front-line player. "That's one area that's fair to say we are looking at some different things," Daniels said. "The guys who have been in those roles have done a fine job. Our regulars don't get much time off and hopefully they stay healthy. Some of the guys on the bench haven't gotten an extended chance. But if the opportunity to bolster the bench is there, we're going to look at it."
Rangers cautious with Uehara
OAKLAND -- The Rangers' plan to activate reliever Koji Uehara off the disabled list on Tuesday was scuttled when Uehara reported some stiffess in the lat muscle in his right rib cage after pitching a scoreless inning for Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday night.Uehara felt good after the game, but the stiffness set in on Sunday. "We're not going to push it," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Once we take him off the disabled list, if something happens to him, he has to go back on for another 15 days." The Rangers do not believe Uehara reinjured the muscle. They just feel he needs more time and he's not expected to throw for a couple of days. "It might be just 3-4-5 days, just so he can let us know that he's good," Washington said. "It might not be anything. At least he's staying in communication and letting us know how he feels. Once he let us know about this, we shut him down." Uehara is expected to pitch at least once more time on rehab assignment before he's activated. He has been sidelined since June 10 after posting a 2.10 ERA in his first 20 outings."
Napoli back in Rangers lineup
OAKLAND -- Rangers catcher Mike Napoli was back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing two games in Seattle because of a bruise above his right knee. He went through a series of agility drills early Tuesday afternoon without problem."He was fine before that," manager Ron Washington said. "Nap told me on Sunday if I needed him, he could go. I offered to DH him [Tuesday], but he's said he's ready to go." "I'm good to go," Napoli said. "I'd rather catch. I love catching. Plus DHing here is tough. It's cold, no [batting] cage, nowhere to go. But that had nothing to do with it. I'd rather catch." The Rangers are without catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who was placed on 72-hour paternity leave as his wife was due to give birth on Tuesday. He is expected to be back with the Rangers on Friday in Anaheim. Luis Martinez remains with the Rangers as their backup catcher. The Rangers have a day game on Wednesday but Washington said he expects Napoli to start that game as well. "If he gets out of tonight's game fine, he'll be ready to go," Washington said.
Washington is going back to Michael Young in the fifth spot and Nelson Cruz in the sixth spot. Washington accidently put Cruz in the fifth spot in Saturday's game after the All-Star break. Washington left him there after Cruz had a three-hit game, but he prefers Young in the fifth spot. Young was 8-for-17 in his last four games going into Tuesday. First baseman Mitch Moreland, on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, went through a series of agility drills on Tuesday without any problem. The next test will be on Friday when Moreland works out for the first time since injuring the hamstring on June 19. He still hasn't run the bases at full speed, and that's usually the final test. The Rangers' game with the Angels on July 30 has been moved from 7:05 p.m. CT to 6:05 p.m. CT for a national telecast on ESPN. It will still be carried in the Dallas-Fort Worth market on FOX Southwest. The Rangers have announced their Minor League award winners for June. Frisco infielder Mike Olt (.325, 10 HR, 24 RBIs) was the Offensive Player of the Month, Myrtle Beach right-hander Kyle Hendricks (2-1, 1.78 ERA) was the Pitcher of Month, Frisco right-hander Ryan Rodebaugh (0.69 ERA, one save) was the Reliever of the Month and Myrtle Beach third baseman Christian Villanueva was the Defender of the Month.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.