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February 28, 2010

Wet Sunday morning Rangers update

Heavy rains overnight have swamped the Surprise Recreation Campus and forced the annual Fan Fest to be canceled. The rains have also pushed the Rangers under the covered batting cages today, barring a break in the clouds later on. It has stopped raining, but the temperatures are hovering in the low 50s.

Derek Holland said he has no soreness in his right knee after his bullpen Saturday. The next step, he said, is to do agility drills and throw live batting practice Monday. Warner Madrigal (forearm tightness) is improving but still isn't throwing, and outfielder Endy Chavez (knee surgery) played long-toss and hit off a tee Saturday. Those are the first steps toward his return from a severe knee injury last season.

It'll be the regulars on one team and the irregulars on the other Monday and Tuesday for the intrasquad games. The Rangers will play eight innings Monday and five or six Tuesday depending on how many pitchers need work. Omar Beltre, Madrigal and Holland aren't expected to pitch.

-- Jeff Wilson

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