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March 03, 2012

Saturday Rangers wrap-up: Matt West injured

Right-hander Matt West, who this time a year ago was a third baseman, will be out indefinitely with sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

The Rangers are hopeful that West, who finished last year at Class A Myrtle Beach, can avoid Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery. Dr. Keith Meister believes that the area of the ligament where the sprain occurred will be receptive to a strengthening program. West will not throw for six weeks, and will be evaluated.

West, a member of the 40-man roster, underwent an MRI on Friday night after complaining of tenderness after a throwing session. He did not throw in the intrasquad games.

Left-hander Joe Beimel returned to the mound Saturday and reported no issues after throwing live batting practice. Catcher Yorvit Torrealba participated on the field for a few drills but called it a day early as he battles a viral infection.

The Rangers kick off the Cactus League schedule Sunday afternoon against Kansas City. Colby Lewis will start for the Rangers, and manager Ron Washington is planning to use a full lineup of regulars for four innings.

-- Jeff Wilson

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