Cliff Lee said he still feels soreness in his back, but believes it's the result of the trigger-point injection he received Wednesday in Arlington. Lee said he won't know if the tightness is gone until he gets back on a mound. He has plan to work out at Target Field today, but he isn't sure when he's scheduled to throw again. He thinks that will happen Saturday. The Rangers said on Wednesday that Lee would throw a bullpen Saturday.
He also refused to let the back injury be an excuse for his recent woes. "There's more to it than that," he said. Lee later admitted that the injury is affecting his mechanics and not allowing him to throw down in the zone. The injury has been bothering him a few weeks now, he said, and in hindsight he should have spoken up sooner.
Josh Hamilton said he is ready to play the outfield and fully expected to be in the outfield tonight. Instead, he will serve as the designated hitter as manager Ron Washington gives Vladimir Guerrero a day off. "A lot of the achinng has done away," said Hamilton, who took early batting practice. "I didn't think about it. So, if I didn't think about it, I didn't feel it. And if I didn't feel it, that's a good thing." He expects to play the outfield Saturday.
-- Jeff Wilson