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August 10, 2012

Friday's Rangers notes: Going with a 13-man pitching staff

The Texas Rangers need a long man in the bullpen for their upcoming stretch against the Tigers and Yankees, which is why they opted to go with a 13-man pitching staff for now.

Reliever Mark Lowe was activated from the disabled list and utility infielder Alberto Gonzalez was designated for assignment. Michael Kirkman will be the team's long man.

Manager Ron Washington would prefer to have a four-man bench, but felt this was the way to go. Washington is also confident in Michael Young to serve as the team's backup shortstop.

"It's not going to be a permanent situation, but you do what you've got to do," Washington said.

Here are a few other notes:

* Mike Napoli returned to the lineup after being sidelined with left quad soreness. Napoli said he felt good today, and doesn't expect it to be an issue.

* Reliever Koji Uehara was cleared by the medical staff and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today. Uehara has been on the disabled list since June 15 with a right lat strain.

* Prospect Jairo Beras was at Rangers Ballpark today to his physical, and also took batting practice.

-- Drew Davison

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