Darren O'Day threw live batting practice Sunday as he continues to work into shape for the 2011 season. He struggled Friday in an intrasquad game and was working on some mechanical issues he identified on video. Jose Ruiz faces O'Day here.
Right-hander Brandon Webb threw for 10 minutes off a mound for the first time since Feb. 17 and reported no problems other than some wildness. If he feels good Monday, he would be back on the mound Tuesday and resume an every-other-day schedule.
While he says he can now see the finish line after two years of dealing with a shoulder injury, he admits that he doesn't know when he'll get there. He and the Rangers have set no timetable, and they haven't ruled out being ready by Opening Day. Pitching coach Mike Maddux, though, said that Webb will have to be stretched out far enough to not tax the bullpen early on.
"I'm fine with that if that happens," Webb said. "I'm just anxious to get out there."
Not a ton of news on the morning of the first Cactus League game, but there's some. Here goes:
A report that Adrian Beltre will miss a month with a strained right calf was respectfully disputed by assistant general manager Thad Levine, who said that lead trainer Jamie Reed and team physician Keith Meister believe Beltre will be game-ready around March 10. That would be at the end of the the 10- to 14-day window the Rangers handed Beltre on Thursday after an MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain.
Brandon Webb should be on a mound shortly at the Surprise Recreation Campus, where temperatures aren't expect to climb above 55 degrees after a rainy, windy Saturday night. Webb's mound return will mark his first bullpen session since Feb. 17.
Eric Hurley (hamstring) will throw live batting practice to, among others, Craig Gentry (wrist). Gentry took live batting practice Saturday and will do so for the next few days before being considered for game action. He should be ready for the open of the season, whether with the Rangers or at Triple A Round Rock.
Omar Beltre has not arrived in camp after having back surgery Wednesday. He will travel once he feels comfortable enough to do so. A really sore back and three hours on a plane is not a pleasant combination.
The lone player not to have signed his 2011 contract is Pedro Strop, but the right-hander is expected to do so soon. The club and Strop's agent had been unable to speak until this weekend.