ARLINGTON -- The Rangers returned home Monday to the 100-degree heat to play for the 11th straight day while the Angels were off on Monday. The Angels are also off on Thursday before opening a three-game series with the Rangers on Friday.Rangers manager Ron Washington said there is no use complaining about the schedule. "Every time I call the league office, I get a machine and nobody calls back," Washington said. "We'll have two more days off before the end of the season than they do," general manager Jon Daniels said. Washington said he would like to get both third baseman Michael Young and second baseman Ian Kinsler a day off at some point on this homestand. But it probably won't be during the three-game series against the second-place Angels.
Weaver deal could set winter market for Wilson
ARLINGTON -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the five-year, $85 million contract that pitcher Jered Weaver agreed to with the Angels over the weekend could be an indication of what it will take to sign C.J. Wilson this offseason.Wilson can be a free agent after this season while Weaver still had one more year left of arbitration. But they are both All-Stars who have been among the top pitchers in the American League the past couple of years. "Everybody is different and there are different circumstances, but at the end of it, when you negotiate contracts you always consider the universe of contracts," Daniels said. "I would imagine everything will be discussed." Wilson is one of three potential free agents on the Rangers' roster. The other two are pitcher Darren Oliver and outfielder Endy Chavez.
Rangers reach out to O's about Davis injury
ARLINGTON -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he spoke with Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail when he heard that first baseman Chris Davis was sidelined with a strained right shoulder.The two sides have not had serious discussions about reworking the deal, but Daniels said that might be revisited in the future. "Andy was very clear he didn't have any issues with us and the way things were handled," Daniels said. "We'll stay in touch. It might be something we revisit but there are no plans at this point." The Orioles acquired Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter from the Rangers on July 30 for reliever Koji Uehara. Davis played in 10 games for the Orioles and was 9-for-40 with one home run and three RBIs before being placed on the disabled list with a strained labrum in his right shoulder. Davis told the Orioles that the shoulder started bothering him while he was still with the Rangers. But Daniels said Davis never told the Rangers about the injury or reported for treatment. The Orioles have not complained that the Rangers failed to disclose the injury. The Orioles still want Davis and the hope is he will recover 100 percent from the injury, becoming the player they expected to get. "They like the player and we didn't anticipate him coming down with a shoulder injury," Daniels said. "We'll see how he gets through his rehab. Hopefully he gets back 100 percent healthy. If not, maybe we'll have another conversation at that point."
Cautious Beltre tests hamstring on bases
ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, who went on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring on July 23, ran the bases on Monday for the first time since aggravating the injury on Aug. 6.Beltre said he ran 80 percent while running from home to second and second to home. He was scheduled to meet later with Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician, to discuss his next course of action. "He did some running out there today, just around the configuration of the infield," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He won't get on the bases until Dr. Meister signs off, and he won't get here until this afternoon." Beltre, who was hitting .276 with 20 home runs and 76 RBIs in 100 games, is still taking it slow because he does not want to risk another setback. He has already had one and another could bring his season to a premature end. He will likely be sent on a medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues before he is activated.
"I want to do more, but I don't want to test it too much," Beltre said. "I don't have a target date, it will be up to the doctors to say. Whenever they tell me I'm good. I don't have a say right now."While all Minor League seasons end on Sept. 5, Triple-A Round Rock has already clinched a spot in the playoffs by earning first place in the first half of the season, and Double-A Frisco appears likely to reach the Texas League playoffs as well. Major Leaguers can still go on rehab stints in the Minor League playoffs.
"If the time runs out and there's no more Minor League games to be played, and he's ready to go, he'll be in the lineup," Washington said.
Blanco takes BP with eye on September return
ARLINGTON -- Rangers infielder Andres Blanco has resumed taking batting practice in the hope of being activated off the disabled list when the rosters expand in September. Blanco has been on the DL since Aug. 9 with inflammation in his lower back.It is the second time since the All-Star break he has been on the DL with back problems. He is hoping this time that the condition has completely subsided, otherwise it will mean another visit to Dr. Drew Dossett, the Rangers' back specialist, and possibly bring his season to an end. "I hope not," Blanco said. "I hope it doesn't bother me again because then we're going to have to go see the doctor and figure out what's wrong. I'm getting frustrated. It has been getting better, so we'll see." Omar Quintanilla has been filling in as the Rangers' utility infielder during Blanco's absence. The Rangers have been expecting Blanco back by September. If he doesn't return, it could open up a spot for another utility infielder when the rosters expand. General manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington are expected to meet this week and discuss September callups. Esteban German could be a candidate if Blanco is not ready.
Triple-A Round Rock first baseman Brad Nelson has been named the Pacific Coast League's Player of the week. He was 10-for-15 with four walks, seven runs scored and eight RBIs in a four-game series against Fresno. Prior to Monday's game against the Red Sox, the Hispanic Heritage Museum and the Baseball Hall of Fame made a special presentation to ex-Rangers outfielder Ruben Sierra. Nolan Ryan was also honored by the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers will not stand in the way if other clubs seek permission to speak to one of their front-office personnel about a potential general manager's opening. Assistant general manager Thad Levine has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Cubs' opening.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.