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August 25, 2012

Saturday pregame Rangers notes: Koji Uehara on Sunday?

Manager Ron Washington expects for Koji Uehara to be activated from the disabled list Sunday, assuming the right-hander makes it through Saturday without any setbacks in his strained right lat.

Uehara, who was injured in June and suffered a setback in mid-July, worked a scoreless inning Friday night for Round Rock in his second rehab appearance.

His reinstatement will force a roster move. Tanner Scheppers and Michael Kirkman are the prime candidates, because they have options.

Michael Young could be back from the paternity list as soon as Sunday, said Washington. That's not set in stone, but Washington was playing a hunch that Young wouldn't want to be away from the team any longer.

His return will likely send Luis Hernandez back to Round Rock. The Rangers have an eight-man bullpen, but Washington expects to keep the extra reliever rather than go back to a four-man bench.

Yu Darvish threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Saturday afternoon and also went through a round of pitcher's fielding practice. He didn't show an ill-effects from his stiff right quad that forced the Rangers to skip his last start.

-- Jeff Wilson

 

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