8/14/2014 9:57 P.M. ET
Morelands host cancer survivors
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- First baseman Mitch Moreland, who is on the disabled list while recovering from surgery on his left ankle, played host on Thursday to Andrew Barksdale and Trevor Moultie, two 7-year-old boys from Alabama who are cancer survivors. Moreland and his wife, Susannah, brought the boys and their families to the game with tickets in a suite courtesy of the Rangers.
"One is a Rays fan and one is a Rangers fan," Moreland said. "Those were their Little League teams. We thought it would be pretty neat to have them come out and experience the Rays vs. the Rangers. I'm fortunate just to guide them around, meet some of the guys, get some signatures and have a good time."
Moreland had surgery on June 23 and is still walking in a boot after getting the cast off last week. He will not play again this season but is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
"It's still a little bit early," Moreland said. "I'm still confined to the boot, but it feels great. The pain isn't there. There is still some stiffness so I've got to build up strength before I can tell a difference."
As far as his baseball future, Moreland said, "I'm in a boot. When I get healthy, I'll worry about that."
Rangers stick with Claudio as Adcock is sent down
ARLINGTON -- Left-handed reliever Alex Claudio was still with the Rangers on Thursday, even after Robbie Ross Jr. was called up from Triple-A Round Rock to start against the Rays.
The Rangers optioned right-handed reliever Nate Adcock to Round Rock to make room for Ross. Adcock had a 4.50 ERA in seven appearances for the Rangers while opponents were hitting .289 off him.
"It gives us another left-hander and it gives Adcock a chance to work on his mechanics," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Now [Claudio] gets a chance to get big league hitters out."
Claudio, who was called up Wednesday when Yu Darvish went on the disabled list, joins Neal Cotts as the Rangers' two left-handed relievers. Cotts is a free agent after the season, although the Rangers have indicated they would like to re-sign him. The Rangers still have left-handed relievers Aaron Poreda, Michael Kirkman and Ryan Feierabend at Triple-A.
Ross was a left-handed setup reliever the past two seasons before moving into the rotation this year. He could be switched back to the bullpen next year.
"That's to be determined," Washington said.
But the Rangers know that good left-handed relievers are a premium at the Major League level, and that's why they want to take a look at Claudio.
"His name was on the list, whether it was this year, Spring Training or next year," Washington said. "We didn't know when, we just needed a pitcher now."
Profar wants to play winter ball
ARLINGTON -- Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar, who has been sidelined the entire season with a torn muscle in his right shoulder, has just resumed a throwing program but he is already looking forward to winter ball.
He just doesn't know if it will be the Arizona Fall League, the Dominican Winter League or somewhere else.
"I want to play somewhere this winter," Profar said. "Just to do something this year, you can't just sit out without playing baseball the whole year. I have to play somewhere."
Profar was supposed to be the Rangers' starting second baseman this season after Ian Kinsler was traded to Detroit. But he showed up in Spring Training with tendinitis in his shoulder and ended camp with a torn muscle in the shoulder. Any hope of Profar returning this season ended when he re-injured the shoulder at the end of May.
Rookie Rougned Odor, who is playing regularly at second base, went into Thursday's game against the Rays hitting .258 in 75 games.
"He's a good player and I enjoy watching him play," Profar said of Odor. "I don't worry about those things. It's competition and I love it. Hard to watch everything; yes, obviously you want to be on the field around your team.
"At the same time you're using it to get stronger and everything, my mindset. It's hard to be a year without playing baseball, but at the same time it's about getting your mind strong you want to be a stronger person."
• Robbie Ross' start on Thursday ended a streak of 38 straight games in which the Rangers had a right-handed starting pitcher.
• Rangers position players David Murphy, Moreland, Chris Gimenez and J.P. Arencibia are scoreless in four one-inning pitching appearances for the Rangers over the past two years. The last position player to give up a run was Craig Gentry, who allowed three against Oakland on June 4, 2012.
• Claudio is the 11th player to make his Major League debut with the Rangers this season.
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.