7/20/2014 1:31 P.M. ET
Rios feeling better, but rests ankle
By Chris Toman / Special to MLB.com
TORONTO -- As expected, right fielder Alex Rios was out of the Rangers' lineup Sunday for the club's series finale against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre with a sprained right ankle.
Rios rolled his ankle in the batter's box during the first inning of Saturday's 4-1 loss after swinging at a first-pitch offering from Toronto starter Marcus Stroman. Following a brief chat with manager Ron Washington and a team trainer, Rios was lifted from the contest.
Washington was pleased, however, with how the 33-year-old felt when he arrived at the ballpark Sunday morning.
"His ankle is much better than it was [Saturday] when he left [the game]," Washington said. "Get the swelling out of there a little more. Get treatment the whole day, probably get treatment all day on Monday."
Washington doesn't believe Rios will be able to play in Monday's series opener against the Yankees in the Bronx, but is optimistic about his availability for the remainder of the four-game set.
"Hopefully, we can put a wrap on it on Tuesday and he can be a player, maybe," the skipper said.
Rios is batting .302/.330/.435 on the season with four homers, eight triples and 16 stolen bases in 96 games.
Martinez set to come off DL, face Yankees
TORONTO -- After coming out of Saturday's bullpen session feeling strong, the Rangers announced that right-hander Nick Martinez will get the ball for Tuesday's contest against the Yankees.
Martinez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left side injury on July 8 -- retroactive to July 2 -- will be activated off the DL ahead of Tuesday's outing to make his 12th start of the season. Texas will be forced to make a move to add Martinez to the active roster, but the club has not indicated who will get shipped out to make room.
The 23-year-old last pitched July 1, when he allowed eight runs (six earned) on seven hits in a loss to the Orioles. In addition to Saturday's bullpen session, Martinez threw one on Thursday, and he feels prepared for game action.
"Even after my first bullpen, I felt pretty good," he said. "The only concern was how I was going to bounce back; that was the reason for the second bullpen. And I felt good.
"I ramped it up -- the first one -- to see if anything bothered me back there, and it didn't. The second one, I just tried to work on some stuff."
Martinez, who attended Fordham University in New York and will be making his Yankee Stadium debut, is 1-6 with a 5.10 ERA over 16 appearances.
Manager Ron Washington remains a believer in Martinez's ability, despite the rookie's struggles this season.
"He has stuff," Washington said. "Sometimes stuff takes a while to learn how to use it; that's where he is."
Right-hander Miles Mikolas will start Monday's opener against New York's Shane Greene.
• Left-hander Derek Holland, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery, threw live batting practice in Arizona on Saturday. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier in the week that he hopes to have Holland back in the rotation around the end of August.
• Texas has granted infielder Kensuke Tanaka his release from Triple-A Round Rock. Tanaka hit .258/.340/.371 with four homers and 12 stolen bases in 62 games with the Express.
• Lefty Joseph Ortiz, who has been on the 60-day disabled list all season with a fractured left foot, was sent to the Arizona Rangers on a rehab assignment. Ortiz tossed a scoreless inning Friday in his first appearance of the season.
• First baseman/outfielder Jim Adduci, on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock, went 2-for-5 with an RBI for the Express on Saturday. Washington said the "possibility is strong" that Adduci -- who hasn't played with the Rangers since April 17 due to a fractured left pinkie finger, which he re-broke in June -- could rejoin Texas on Monday in New York against the Yankees.
Chris Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.