7/19/2013 8:15 P.M. ET
Olt tries to ignore trade talks for second summer
By T.R. Sullivan and Master Tesfatsion / MLB.com
ROUND ROCK, Texas -- For the second straight July, Triple-A infielder Mike Olt has been the subject of a number of trade rumors. Most recently, Olt has been one of the names prominently mentioned as possibly going to the Cubs in a package for pitcher Matt Garza.
The Rangers' top prospect said Thursday night he is trying not to get caught up in all the trade rumors.
"I won't go on Twitter," Olt said. "Last year, I didn't get caught up in it, but there were times where it got to be a little crazy. You look and the guys in the locker room would look, but I won't go on Twitter for the next couple of weeks. Most of the things you see out there are rumors. Basically whatever happens on those social media things, generally managers aren't trying to give away their secrets. That's all to get people going.
"Whatever happens, I'm in a good spot. If Texas needs something, they're going to do whatever they can to win a championship. They're going to get it. If I'm part of that piece, then the next team, I'll have an opportunity to play there. That's something that I look forward to if I get an opportunity like that. If not, then I'm in a good spot with Texas. I have to be up there and contribute and help them win."
Cruz's migraine forces unusual outfield alignment
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers opened the second half Friday with an outfield of Jurickson Profar in left, Craig Gentry in center and Leonys Martin in right field against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
That's not an alignment that manager Ron Washington thought about last winter.
"Not once," Washington said.
But the Rangers had to go that way Friday, because Nelson Cruz was dealing with a migraine headache and unavailable to start.
"He wanted to try and wait until game time," Washington said. "But I wasn't going to send him out there and have him get overheated, so I decided to pull him out of the lineup."
Gentry, just activated off the disabled list, played for the first time since pinch-running on June 20. Martin, who normally starts in center, was in right for the seventh time this season. Profar made his fourth start in left, and Washington had him there instead of David Murphy to get an extra right-handed hitter in the lineup against a southpaw starter.
"He certainly hasn't embarrassed himself out there," Washington said. "If the opportunity presents itself, I'm not afraid to run him out there."
Berkman unlikely to return from DL when eligible
ARLINGTON -- Lance Berkman, on the disabled list with a strained left hip, is eligible to return Monday, but there is no indication that will happen. Berkman has not done any baseball activities since he last played on July 6 against the Astros.
Berkman was hoping to take some swings in the indoor cages Friday, but that would hardly put him on the fast track to be ready Monday.
"I haven't done anything on purpose because I wanted to give it a chance to calm down," Berkman said.
The Rangers will also consider asking Berkman to go on a rehab assignment to get some at-bats before he is activated. Berkman hasn't played in two weeks and was hitting .176 (13-for-74) with two home runs and six RBIs in his last 20 games.
• Former catcher Ivan Rodriguez will be inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame on Saturday, and the club will also recognize former owner Brad Corbett.
Rangers CEO and fellow Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and Rusty Greer will be among those who pay tribute to Rodriguez during an induction ceremony before Saturday's game. Former Rangers scouting director Sandy Johnson, who originally signed Rodriguez out of Puerto Rico, will be among those in attendance.
Rangers Hall of Fame catcher Jim Sundberg will honor the memory of Corbett, who passed away in December. Former American League president Dr. Bobby Brown will also be in attendance. Corbett owned the team from 1974-80.
The on-field ceremony will begin at 6:25 p.m. CT, with first pitch against the Orioles moved back to 7:15 p.m.
• Jeff Baker returned to the Rangers' lineup Friday as the designated hitter and hit fifth after being activated off the disabled list.
• The Rangers are expecting more than 50 former players to be in town this weekend with autograph sessions scheduled in the concourses from 5-5:30 p.m. Saturday and 4:30-5 p.m. Sunday.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.