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August 08, 2012

Wednesday's Rangers notes

Mike Napoli is not in the lineup for a second consecutive game, as he said he has left quad soreness. Napoli has been battling quad injuires the past few weeks, but he expects to be ready to return by Friday when the Rangers open a three-game series against the Tigers in Arlington.

It also gives manager Ron Washington to use newly acquired catcher Geovany Soto on consecutive days.

Here are a few other notes:

* The Rangers were unable to trade catcher Yorvit Torrealba and have placed him on release waivers. If he's not claimed, he will be given his unconditional release on Friday.

* David Murphy is being used as an everyday player, Ron Washington said. Murphy has been swinging the bat well of late, and is expected to get starts against left-handers the rest of the season. That will cut into Craig Gentry's playing time.

* Washington also said he plans to use Joe Nathan only in save situations the rest of the season. Nathan received a cortisone injection recently and closed out Tuesday's game after a four-day break.

* Reliever Mark Lowe pitched a perfect, 10-pitch inning of relief on Tuesday and is expected to be activated on Friday. He has been on the disabled list since June 26 with a right intercostal (rib) strain.

* Ian Kinsler committed an error with two outs in the seventh inning last night, and Ron Washington called it a "bad error." That's because of the situation in the game, as the Red Sox pulled to within 4-3 the next at-bat on a three-run home run. "That's no knock on Kinsler, he'd make that play nine more times," Washington said. "But we needed 10 there."

-- Drew Davison


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Good for David Murphy, he 'deserves' to play everyday.

Now, if we are going to put the best guys out there every game now let's follow through and limit Michael Young's field time to zero games.

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