6/15/2013 12:22 A.M. ET
Odd injury sidelines Rangers' Baker
By Master Tesfatsion / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The injury bug has not stopped its rampage through the Rangers' roster. This time it got to Jeff Baker, who was out Friday against the Blue Jays because of a sprained right thumb he sustained during a celebratory high-five.
File this one under the "Baseball's Most Bizarre Injuries" category.
"Yeah, I'm not too happy about it," Baker said.
Baker said the injury occurred during pregame activities Thursday. He did not reveal the name of the teammate who injured his hand, but Baker said the player was "a little overexcited for some reason" and bent his thumb back to his wrist.
"Obviously [the teammate] feels bad about it, but it is what it is," Baker said.
Baker said he could not grab a bat because of the swelling. He did not have an MRI exam on his thumb as of Friday's game.
"I do not know how it's going to work," Baker said. "I'm just going to get treatment each day and go from there and see how it feels."
While Baker's injury is one of the strangest this season in baseball, he joins a lengthy list of injured Rangers this season. The team has eight players on the disabled list not including players who are playing through injuries like Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre.
"I might have to sign a dollar contract," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
"When it rains, it pours," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We're a little banged up, and a freak deal like that happens. We'll push through the other stuff, and I'm sure he'll push through this as well.
Baker hit 12-of-39 with five home runs and nine RBIs in his last 13 games. Chris McGuiness started at first base in his absence against left-handed pitcher Mark Buehrle. It is one of four lineup changes for the Rangers. David Murphy and A.J. Pierzynski got the day off. Leonys Martin started in left field despite a mild sprained left wrist injury he sustained during Thursday's game, and Geovany Soto started at catcher. Jurickson Profar led off the lineup and started second base, while Elvis Andrus hit second at started at shortstop.
Washington pleased with Soria's bullpen
ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said Joakim Soria's live bullpen session went well Friday.
Soria faced Mitch Moreland (who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring), Craig Gentry, Chris McGuiness and Leury Garcia. Soria threw about 30 pitches. Moreland hit a ground ball to second and a line drive through the left infield in his two at-bats.
"He looked great," Gentry said. "He threw his pitches for strikes and threw all of his pitches. He's been doing this for a long time, and he's a great pitcher. He looked great today, and I can't wait to get him back.
Soria will have another live bullpen session Monday. He had his second Tommy John surgery April 2, 2012, with the Royals and missed the entire regular season. He had a setback in April with a strained pectoral muscle on the right side of his chest.
"He's going to have to go through the process," Washington said. "It's not going to be a rushed job, so when we get him back up here we know what we got.
Two Rangers show progress with injuries
ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis and Alexi Ogando have made progress with their injuries this week.
Lewis threw for the first time in 12 days during a side session Thursday. Lewis said he threw about 25 pitches with just his fastball and curveball. He thinks the triceps tendonitis is gone, and he will most likely throw a bullpen session Monday.
" I'll just try to flip all my pitches in there and just another process of building it up again," Lewis said.
Lewis had surgery July 27 to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow last season. Lewis had two setbacks this season because of triceps tendonitis and muscle soreness behind his right elbow. Lewis received a platelet-rich plasma shot during his last setback two weeks ago.
"I took 12 days off with no throw, so I don't know if the shot was the key or not," Lewis said. "Those PRP shots are supposed to help inflammation, and it got rid of it."
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Ogando also received the PRP injections during his latest stint on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Daniels said Ogando started feeling better right after he was placed on the disabled list, but he has been sore the last few days because of the injection.
"Hopefully it'll push him through it, so he can get over the hump," Daniels said.
Daniels said the team's plan was to bring Ogando back as a starter. If Ogando deals with the issue again, Daniels said the club would consider a role in the bullpen.
"He wants to start; he's pretty good at it, and we need someone to start," Daniels said. "That would be the logical thing to do. If he breaks down again, that's something we'd consider."
Andrus ejected for disputing third strike call
ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was ejected in the sixth inning of Friday's game against the Blue Jays at Rangers Ballpark for arguing a strike three call.
After striking out against Toronto left-hander Mark Buehrle, Andrus turned around and argued with home-plate umpire Eric Cooper. Following a brief discussion, Andrus walked to the Rangers dugout. Cooper ejected Andrus as the shortstop stood on the steps of the dugout, then received an earful from Rangers manager Ron Washington.
"He said the wrong thing to the umpire out in the dugout," Washington said. "I tried to get in front of him, but I didn't make it."
It was Andrus' second career ejection. Jurickson Profar shifted from second base to shortstop in the seventh inning and Leury Garcia entered the game at second base. Garcia hit second in the lineup to replace Andrus.
Daniels awaits word on possible suspension
ARLINGTON -- General manager Jon Daniels said he had not heard from Major League Baseball regarding the Biogenesis case involving Nelson Cruz.
Daniels said he did not expect to hear anything from MLB until a decision had been reached on a possible suspension. Cruz was linked to the Miami-based anti-aging company in a Miami New Times report in January. ESPN reported that MLB planned to suspend about 20 players involved with the company, including Cruz, for performance-enhancing drugs.
"I hate to say it; more often than not those reports have been accurate, but I hope it's not this time," Daniels said. "Hopefully we don't lose him and he doesn't have to deal with that. When it comes to pass, we'll address that."
Daniels said the Rangers did not have a "special" plan if Cruz received a suspension. Mike Olt has played exclusively at third base in the Minors since he returned with blurred vision. Daniels said Olt would not be an immediate possibility in the outfield, but he could be at some point.
• Double-A Frisco outfielder Teodoro Martinez was selected as a replacement to the Texas League All-Star Game. It will be his second Texas All-Star appearance and his third time on an All-Star roster. Martinez is one of eight Double-A Frisco players on the South Division squad.
Martinez also won the Rangers' Minor League Player of the Month in May. The Rangers also named High-A Myrtle Beach right-hander Alec Asher Pitcher of the Month.
• High-A Hickory third baseman Joey Gallo leads the Minor Leagues with 21 home runs entering Friday. He is batting 16-of-37 with seven home runs, 10 RBIs and five doubles in his last nine games.
Master Tesfatsionis an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.