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