Closer Wilson suffers minor setback
No timetable set for return from left finger blister for Rangers southpaw
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- C.J. Wilson, who led the Rangers with 24 saves last season, suffered a minor setback in his recovery from a blister on his left middle finger, the Rangers announced Sunday.
"[Rangers trainer] Jamie [Reed] has described it as a little bit of a callus that has been split," said Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine. "It is right on the finger tip. He is on hold until that heals and then we'll immediately get him back into a throwing program. We don't anticipate this being a long issue. We don't see it as being a serious setback.
"At this point, we have not been given any indication that this should infringe on his ability to be in the bullpen Opening Day."
Rangers manager Ron Washington said Wilson, who had surgery last August to remove bone spurs from his left elbow, would probably not pitch on Tuesday, the next game he was scheduled to work.
"Healing, then pitching," Washington said. "He's not pitching until he heals."
Wilson has thrown 2 1/3 innings in three Spring Training outings, allowing two hits and no runs.
Right-handed reliever Luis Mendoza, also hampered by a finger blister, threw a bullpen session on Sunday. Washington said if all goes well, Mendoza could pitch on Tuesday against the Indians.
Mendoza, 25, has thrown 6 1/3 innings in three games, allowing two runs, six hits and four walks, while striking out three.
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.