6/4/2014 10:51 P.M. ET
Andrus gets surprising day off
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Elvis Andrus was surprised when he came to the park on Wednesday and found out he was not in the starting lineup. But manager Ron Washington saw something on Tuesday night when Andrus went 0-for-5 against the Orioles and decided his shortstop needed a night off.
"He just looked a little sluggish so I wanted to let him catch up," Washington said. "He'll be back out there tomorrow."
Andrus had his first day off of the season last Thursday in Minnesota and the Rangers were off on Monday. But that didn't matter to Washington, who used Luis Sardinas at shortstop.
"I go by my eyes and by my gut … what I am seeing," Washington said. "I just felt like he needed a day off."
Andrus went into Tuesday night's game with four hits in his last 23 at-bats and is hitting .227 in his last 39 games. Overall he is hitting .251 with 32 runs scored, 13 stolen bases and a .307 on-base percentage. He has a career .272 batting average and a .337 on-base percentage.
"It's not the best year but we have a long ways to go," Andrus said. "I feel good and I feel healthy. I believe in myself and my skills and I will still have a great season. I will just keep playing hard and trying hard."
Washington also gave Adrian Beltre his first start at designated hitter since April 8 in Boston. Donnie Murphy made his first start at third base for this season. But he has played 109 games in his career at third prior to Wednesday, his most at any position as a Major League utility player.
Poreda gets call over Scheppers, Feliz
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers called up pitcher Aaron Poreda on Wednesday to replace Alexi Ogando, who was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.
The move left pitcher Tanner Scheppers wondering when the Rangers will take him off the disabled list.
"I'm waiting for that conversation," Scheppers said. "I feel good, I feel like I am ready to go. What they're thinking of is out of my control."
Scheppers has been on the disabled list since April 18 with inflammation in his right elbow. He has made five appearances on a medical rehab assignment, the last one being on Tuesday night when he needed just six pitches to throw a scoreless inning against Double-A Frisco.
Manager Ron Washington said the Rangers did not discuss Scheppers when making their roster move on Wednesday. Instead they went with Poreda, the left-hander who was 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 15 games for the Rangers before being sent down last week to make room for Joe Saunders.
"Poreda didn't do anything to leave so when the opportunity came to come back … he's back," Washington said. "Scheppers will be back soon. I don't know when but he'll be back soon."
The Rangers also decided to keep Neftali Feliz at Triple-A Round Rock. Feliz has pitched three scoreless innings in his last three games, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out four.
"His last three outings we are starting to see progress with his fastball angle," Rangers pitching coordinator Danny Clark said. "His velocity is still not what we're hoping for, topping out at 95. His slider is showing better tilt but still needing more consistency."
Soto off and running for All-Star break
ARLINGTON -- Catcher Geovany Soto, who has been on the disabled list after undergoing surgery at the end of Spring Training to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, has resumed a running program as part of his rehabilitation program.
Soto is hoping to start swinging a bat in the next week, but he still hasn't been cleared to begin catching activities. The goal is to be back somewhere around the All-Star break, which is July 14-17.
"Everything is going super great but there is no definite word yet," Soto said.
Soto was supposed to be the Rangers' starting catcher this season but right now Chris Gimenez and Robinson Chirinos are sharing the duties. Rangers catchers went into Wednesday's game hitting .412 with seven doubles, a home run and nine RBIs in their last 12 games.
Gallo may need bigger challenge
ARLINGTON -- Class A third baseman Joey Gallo, who was one of eight Myrtle Beach Pelicans who was selected to the Carolina League All-Star Game, may not be long for that league. Opposing teams are increasingly reluctant to pitch to him.
Gallo is hitting .320 with 21 home runs, 48 RBIs and a .753 slugging percentage in 55 games. He leads all of the Minor Leagues in home runs and slugging percentage, but also with 50 walks. He has been walked 14 times alone in his last nine games, including three times in three separate games.
The Carolina League All-Star Game is June 17. The Rangers may start considering promotions after that date and Gallo could be a prime candidate to end up at Double-A Frisco. The other Pelicans named to the All-Star Game are pitchers Alex Gonzalez, Alexander Claudio and Andrew Faulkner, catcher Jorge Alfaro, infielder Preston Beck and outfielders Royce Bolinger and Nick Williams.
• Outfielder Engel Beltre also has been on the disabled list since Spring Training with a fractured right tibia but has been doing full baseball activities and could be ready to start playing in games within the next few days. Beltre will likely start in Arizona in extended Spring Training before going to one of the Minor League teams.
• Pitcher Cody Buckel has been placed on the disabled list at Myrtle Beach.
• Rangers reliever Jason Frasor has a 1.89 ERA, 13th best among American League relievers.
• Jim Adduci, who is on the disabled list with a broken pinky finger on his left hand, was 1-for-4 on a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Wednesday. The hit was a triple and Adduci, who played left field, is 2-for-8 in two games. He will continue his rehab with Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.
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.