7/11/2014 7:41 P.M. ET
Wash asks slumping club for commitment
By T.R. Sullivan and Grace Raynor / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington is getting the effort he wants from his players. He wants to make sure he is getting the commitment as well and that was the main message he sent to his players during Thursday's postgame clubhouse meeting.
Effort is playing the game hard, according to Washington. Commitment is being committed to playing the game the right way; not worrying about statistics but playing to win.
"Commitment is doing what the game asks you to do and not looking for a reward for what you're doing," Washington said. "I'm in the process of getting this new bunch to understand what it means. Don't worry about stats or numbers. It's about the team. Some people need to check their attitude and check what commitment is.
"We've got some youngsters we're trying to teach and we have some veterans who are who they are. We have to try and get them into a cohesive unit, try to get our belief system going in the right direction. I can live with it if you try to do the right thing and don't get it done. If you at least try to do the right things, people with baseball eyes see you're trying to do the right thing. If you do that, more often than not, you're going to get the right results."
Washington's postgame meeting came after a 15-6 loss to the Angels on Thursday night. It was their 19th loss in their last 22 games.
"There was a bunch of guys that needed to hear that," shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "Wash is super cool but there comes a point where you need to find a way to do your job. Everything he said was right. He didn't say anything out of line. It's not the first time I've heard it but a lot of guys heard it for the first time.
"It's not enough just to be in the big leagues. You've got to help the team win. It's not about numbers. It's about winning. That's what this organization is about."
Rangers look for big return on Soria
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are willing to trade closer Joakim Soriaaccording to Major League sources, but are looking for a substantial package in return. Word is the Rangers are looking for two to three prospects in return.
There are a number of teams looking for relief help as the July 31 Trade Deadline approaches, either in the closer's role or setup. The Tigers, Orioles and Angels are among those who are interested in somebody who could potentially close, but the Dodgers, Brewers and Giants are just looking to upgrade their bullpens.
Soria had a 2.76 ERA and 16 saves going into Friday's game and the Rangers have a $7 million option for him next season.There are other closers who could be traded, including Huston Street of the Padres and Jonathan Papelbon of the Phillies.
The Rangers are also getting some interest in right-handed setup reliever Jason Frasor and left-hander Neal Cotts. Both said they are not thinking too much about the possibility.
"Not much," Frasor said. "If it wasn't for the security guard and my cousin, I wouldn't hear much about it at all. I don't think about it much and when I step on the mound, I don't think about it at all … but if it happened, that would be all right too."
Said Cotts, "I don't think about it all. I'm just trying to do my job and help us play better baseball."
West, Smolinski provide instant impact
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers could use an immediate impact from some of their younger players. Outfielder Jake Smolinski and pitcher Matt West have done that.
Smolinski has had multiple hits in all three of his starts with the Rangers and is the first Ranger ever to record eight hits through his first four big league games. George Wright had seven in 1982.
Smolinksi left Friday's game with a left elbow contusion after getting hit by a pitch in the second inning. X-rays were negative.
Smolinski, who stays away from social media in an effort to keep his head down, said his agent broke the news to him Thursday night.
"I'm not really going to get caught up in the numbers," Smolinski said. "I feel like my mentality's good. I feel like I'm ready to compete at every bat ... and to hit every pitch."
West retired all six of the batters he faced Thursday night in his debut, becoming just the second Ranger in history to have a debut where he retired all of at least six batters faced. The first was Neftali Feliz in 2009.
"I'm trying to come in, get outs and throw strikes," West said. "Honestly it's kind of everything and more than you think it could be. You're trying to control your emotions when you get out there, but it's definitely a different feeling."
Adduci ready for rehab assignment
ARLINGTON -- Jim Adduci, who has been on the disabled list since April 19 with a broken pinkie on his left hand, is scheduled to begin a medical rehab assignment on Saturday with Double-A Frisco. He'll play five games with Frisco and then be re-evaluated.
Adduci was 6-for-13 at the time he broke his finger. Adduci can play both outfield and first base. But he has been getting extensive work at first base lately and that could be where he gets much of his playing time when he returns. Rangers first baseman Carlos Pena was hitting .137 with one home run and two RBIs in 16 games going into Friday.
Pitcher Derek Holland, who is still recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, threw another bullpen on Friday but still hasn't been tested lately on his fielding. The Rangers haven't set a date on when he will be going on medical rehab assignment.
• The Rangers have signed veteran pitcher Jerome Williams to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock. He was 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA in 26 relief outings with the Astros before being released.
• Outfielder Engel Beltre, who has been sidelined since Spring Training because of a fractured fibia in his right leg, has been transferred from Triple-A Round Rock to Double-A Frisco to continue his medical rehab assignment. He was 5-for-47 in 11 games at Round Rock.
• Michael Choice went 4-for-8 with a home run in his first two games since being optioned to Round Rock.
• Shortstop Elvis Andrus was back in the lineup on Friday after leaving Thursday's game in the fourth inning. Andrus had to leave after getting spiked in the left foot while turning a double play.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.