3/3/2014 4:15 P.M. ET
Choo puts arm soreness behind him, back in lineup
Outfielder atop Texas order; Martin also returns after battling tight back
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Shin-Soo Choo missed a grand total of one day with arm soreness, as the newly signed Rangers outfielder was back in the lineup for Monday's Cactus League contest against the Indians. Choo batted first and played left.
Choo missed Sunday's contest with what the Rangers termed "Spring Training arm," which basically refers to the normal soreness that comes with an increased workload early in camp.
Also returning to the lineup was center fielder Leonys Martin, who was slotted in the No. 9 spot. Martin has been battling back tightness since early last week, but he was cleared to resume his baseball activities on Sunday. Both Martin and Choo were 0-for-2 on Monday.
As far as the players not slated to play on Monday: Left-hander Rafael Perez (hamstring strain) threw live batting practice on Sunday and felt fine, so he'll pitch an inning in Tuesday's game against the Angels. Elvis Andrus remains sidelined with flexor tendinitis in his right arm, but he played catch.
"He's coming, it's just normal soreness," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Andrus. "Like I've said, I've got it, too, but I don't have to throw from a position."
Profar showing improvement at the plate
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Having traded Ian Kinsler to Detroit, the Rangers will rely on Jurickson Profar to carry an increased load this season at second base.
Profar hasn't played the field yet this spring, as the Rangers continue to ease him back from a right shoulder ailment, but the club likes what it has seen from the 21-year-old at the plate.
Profar is the only projected Rangers starter to have played in all five games this spring. After going 1-for-2 on Monday, he's now hitting .333 with a pair of doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored as the designated hitter.
"Pro is doing a good job," manager Ron Washington said. "Once we get him back to where he can throw, he won't miss any time, he won't miss any beat. He's been doing everything he's supposed to do."
Washington said the biggest challenge for any youngster being thrust in the spotlight is maintaining focus for 162 games. At the start of camp, Washington and Profar had a discussion about keeping external factors external, and Washington said he'll monitor that as the season progresses.
As for that injured shoulder, the Rangers are in no rush to get Profar back into game action. He is now taking ground balls with a throw to first afterward, but Washington has not given a timetable for Profar's first game in the field.
"Slow and steady," Washington said. "It won't matter. If we get out of here, and he can throw the baseball, then he's ready to go, because he's doing everything else."
Lewis adjusting after hip replacement surgery
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Colby Lewis came back from hip replacement surgery last August in time to be ready for Spring Training. If he can come back from that, he feels he shouldn't have any problem overcoming Monday's shaky Cactus League debut.
That rings especially true when you consider Lewis' reasoning, which is essentially that he's still not acclimated with his longer stride and an expanded range of motion in his right hip.
"I've had a certain way of going about my mechanics for the last four to five years that now I'm going to have to make an adjustment," Lewis said. "I'm getting more drive off the back side, so I'm just going to look at some video and figure some things out."
Seventeen of Lewis' 32 pitches on Monday went for balls. He walked two, allowed two hits and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning. Most importantly, he felt no pain in his hip or his right elbow -- which he had surgery on in July 2012.
Finding a release point has been the biggest issue for Lewis, who maintains he isn't just happy to be healthy and in Spring Training. He'd like to pitch well enough to earn a rotation spot.
"People say, 'It's the first one, get the first one out of the way' or whatever," Lewis said. "But I expected a little bit more out of myself today. It is what it is. Move on, fix some things and hopefully the next one's better."
Rangers acquire infielder Parrino
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers acquired infielder Andy Parrino in a waiver claim from Oakland on Monday, moving Derek Holland to the 60-day disabled list to clear room on the 40-man roster.
Parrino will report to Rangers camp on Tuesday.
In parts of three big league seasons, Parrino has posted a .186 average over 229 plate appearances. After spending his first two seasons with San Diego, Parrino hit .118 with two doubles in 34 at-bats for Oakland last season.
Parrino has played five positions at the Major League level -- shortstop, second base, third base, right field and left field. After hitting above .300 in the Pacific Coast League in 2011 and '12, Parrino struggled for Triple-A Sacramento last season, batting .210 with three homers and 36 RBIs.
Holland, meanwhile, is recovering from offseason knee surgery and is hoping to be back by the All-Star break. He sustained the injury after suffering a fall in his home on Jan. 7 and underwent surgery three days later.
With the roster move, Holland would now be available to return to the 40-man no sooner than May 29.
• Left-hander Matt Harrison threw 35 pitches from a half-mound on Monday, another step in his recovery from a back injury that has sidelined him for most of the Rangers' spring workouts. He threw all his pitches and felt fine, meaning the next step is playing catch on Tuesday before his first full bullpen session on Wednesday.
"It's just going to take some time to get back off the mound and get used to it," Harrison said. "As long as I feel good, [the injury] is kind of behind me now. I'm not worried about my back bothering me. I feel confident in my stuff, I feel confident in myself, I'm just ready to keep going."
• Washington said Mitch Moreland is "staying on the ball better" this spring. The left-handed-hitting Moreland has made a concerted effort to work to all fields.