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February 28, 2011

Monday morning Rangers update

Brandon Webb is playing long-toss at this very moment (9:03 a.m. MST). If all goes well, he will be on a mound Tuesday throwing a bullpen session and every other day thereafter until he is game-ready. Before he headed out, Webb gave a thumbs-up on his shoulder's health after his return to the mound Sunday. "It's still attached," he quipped.

Omar Beltre will stay in Arlington for his first two weeks of rehab. He was expected to arrive over the weekend, but was delayed as he waited for his mother to arrive from the Dominican Republic. With a two-week follow-up exam set, the Rangers decided to have him stay in Texas rather than fly twice (once here, once back) with a sore back.

The injury report is shrinking. Miguel De Los Santos (elbow tendinitis) has been cleared, and Craig Gentry (left wrist) is all but cleared. Adrian Beltre continues to hit and throw in the cages but is not doing any agility drills or running. That could change this week.

Michael Young is indeed playing first base today against Kansas City. The Rangers' lineup is: Ian Kinsler, 2b; Elvis Andrus, ss; Josh Hamilton, lf; Nelson Cruz, rf; Michael Young, 3b; Mike Napoli, dh; Chris Davis, 3b; Matt Treanor, c; Julio Borbon, cf.

-- Jeff Wilson

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