ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' bullpen woes have been well-documented, and many news outlets have linked the Rangers with various relievers who are believed to be on the trade block.One could say that they already have a big transaction in the works, however. On Friday the team called up Tommy Hunter, and soon will do the same with Darren O'Day, two proven pitchers who are coming off rehabilitation stints. Even though Hunter has only pitched out of the bullpen once in his Major League career, he has encouraged the Rangers' front office by showing an increase in fastball velocity out of the bullpen. O'Day is a proven commodity, having held opposing offenses to 28 earned runs in 125 innings since joining the Rangers in 2009. While those two are joining the club, do not expect the trade market chatter about the Rangers acquiring bullpen help to let up. "Tommy Hunter and O'Day are definitely going to be a shot in the arm for us, but we're going to keep looking," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We're trying to get better than better. They make us better, but we want to be better than that. So we're going to keep looking." Washington would not say that the bullpen is the only area that the Rangers would be looking to improve, saying that any trade that makes the team better would be something that they would consider. "We're looking at everything. There is nothing that we're not looking at," Washington said. "When something becomes available and you can help yourself, decisions will be made. We're looking, and we'll make those decisions when we have to make them. It's not just one area, it's every area."
Elvis hopes All-Star break provides relief
ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus' left wrist continues to mend, but he does not think he will be fully recovered until after the All-Star break."It feels better," Andrus said on Saturday. "We've got nine more days until the three-day All-Star break, so I know those days are going to help me out and I can be 100 percent after that." Andrus was given four days off after he suffered a sprained left wrist on June 24 against the New York Mets. He doesn't appear any worse for the wear, as he is 3-for-7 with two walks in the two games he has played since the injury.
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"It's doing better. I'm able to play, so that's all I'm looking for," Andrus said. "It's not 100 percent like it was, but the more that I play, the stronger it gets, and the better I'm going to feel."In games, Andrus has been sporting a large blue cast on the wrist, and he may continue to do so for the remainder of the year to protect himself from further injury. "I might use it for the whole year. I used to use a cast on my right hand, so it doesn't affect me," Andrus said. "It's just sometimes when you hurt your hand, that's what you use right away. I have to be careful with it, maybe I'll feel comfortable with it and play better."
Webb shut down pending examination
ARLINGTON -- Brandon Webb was scratched from his rehabilitation start Friday night for Triple-A Round Rock due to shoulder discomfort.Webb will meet with team physician Keith Meister on Saturday. "We won't know anything until Dr. Meister sees him, but he's been shut down," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. Even though Webb appears a long way from being able to contribute to the Major League team, the Rangers are not yet ready to give up on his eventual return this season. "I don't think, at this point, that he's not going to help us this year," Washington said. "We just want to get him to see the doctor, then see what the next step is." In four starts for Double-A Frisco, Webb gave up 13 earned runs in 12 innings while striking out eight.
Washington setting up Rhodes' success
ARLINGTON -- Rangers left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes is working on a seven-game scoreless streak, spanning five innings.Part of Rhodes' recent success is because Rangers manager Ron Washington has been trying to put Rhodes in low-pressure situations so that he could get more confidence in his pitches. "You want to give him a chance to get some confidence," Washington said. "The last three or four times out, he's thrown the ball much better. We just have to wait and see as we move on how it goes. There are other people throwing the ball well, too, which is good." While Washington notes that Rhodes has pitched better of late, so have a few other relievers. That has made getting Rhodes in the game harder. He reiterated, however, that he does not believe in giving pitchers roles, and that the only relievers who should know when they are coming in are Mark Lowe and Darren Oliver in the eighth, and Neftali Feliz in the ninth. "I think everybody's role is different," Washington said. "I'll bring in Arthur when the situation dictates to bring Arthur in. That doesn't change."
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.