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September 08, 2012

Saturday pregame Rangers notes: Mike Napoli, Alexi Ogando updates

The Rangers are planning to send Mike Napoli to Double A Frisco for a rehab assignment that will start Tuesday when the RoughRiders' next playoff series begins. Napoli did blocking drills and threw to second base Sunday, and also ran while attached to a bungee cord. He did not run the bases. "I felt good," he said.

Alexi Ogando hasn't pitched since Wednesday because of some tightness in his biceps. The right-hander, who wasn't available during the Rangers' extra-innings loss Friday, said that he likely will not pitch again until Sunday.

Elvis Andrus, the designated hitter Saturday, said that his left wrist is fine after he jammed it during a swing Friday. He said that he felt it during the rest of the at-bat, which ended with a strikeout, but the pain subsided as the game went on. He treated it with ice. "It was an ugly swing," he said.

Roy Oswalt isn't expecting to throw 100 pitches when he starts for Matt Harrison on Sunday. The right-hander said that his outing at Kansas City helped knock some of the rust off, but he hopes to have a truer ball flight against Tampa Bay.

The Hall of Fame has asked for the bat Jurickson Profar used Sunday to his a home run in his first major-league at-bat. He becomes only the third teenager to homer in his first at-bat, joining the New York Giants' Whitey Lockman in 1945 and the Cincinatti Reds' Ted Tappe in 1950. Hey, Whitey, where's your hat?

-- Jeff Wilson

 

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