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July 01, 2012

Sunday's Rangers notes: Daniels doesn't expect Rangers to be 'big players' at trade deadline

When the Texas Rangers agreed to terms with Roy Oswalt in late May, they had one pitcher (Neftali Feliz) on the disabled list.

Five more pitchers have joined Feliz on the DL -- Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando, Koji Uehara and Mark Lowe.

Those injuries haven't seemed to slow the Rangers, who became the first team to 50 wins on Saturday. And general manager Jon Daniels expects that when those pitchers are healthy enough to return, they will be the biggest additions to the team.

Daniels doesn't anticipate the Rangers being major players in the trading market this season.

"We're going to try to be on top of it, but I'm hoping we're not big players," Daniels said. "If we can get healthy on the pitching side and stay healthy with the hitters, the biggest thing we've got is just getting our guys back. I think that's going to be our biggest room for improvement. I don't anticipate being real active, but we'll see what happens."

Here are a few other pregame notes:

* The Rangers rotation for the upcoming White Sox series will be Roy Oswalt, Scott Feldman and Matt Harrison. The starter for Friday against Minnesota is unknown. The two most likely candidates are Martin Perez and Justin Grimm, although Derek Holland could be ready to return. Holland will throw 75 pitches in his second rehab start Monday at Triple A Round Rock, and could rejoin the rotation on Saturday against Minnesota. If that happens, the Rangers could have Yu Darvish start on normal four days' rest on Friday.

* Koji Uehara and Alexi Ogando are scheduled to throw off a mound at some point at Chicago. Neftali Feliz believes he is ready to throw on a mound during that series, too, although that has not been cleared by the medical staff yet.

* Colby Lewis, sidelined with right forearm tendinitis, played catch on Saturday and felt good. There is still no timetable for him to throw off a mound, but he believes he will be ready to return after the All-Star break.

-- Drew Davison

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