Roy Oswalt threw two scoreless innings of relief Monday, his first appearance since Sept. 9.
Oswalt said he felt it went well and was pleased with where his command was with the extended time off.
At this point, Oswalt believes two innings is about as much as he can throw in relief. He left the Sept. 9 game with flexor muscle soreness near his right elbow.
"It'd be hard to throw four or five innings right now," Oswalt said.
For now, Oswalt could put himself in position for a spot on the playoff roster. When he builds his arm strength back up, he can be a longman in the bullpen, as well as a middle reliever.
"He can fill a couple roles," Ron Washington said. "If the situation dictates that he's the best guy, we'll bring him in."
Here are a few other pregame notes:
* Ron Washington said he will not limit the number of games Adrian Beltre plays on the field the rest of the way. Beltre said he tweaked his abdominal area on Monday, but stayed in the game and drove in the Rangers' final three runs. Beltre said he isn't playing hurt, simply dealing with the soreness most major leaguers feel at this time of the season. "If he can't play, he'll tell me," Washington said. "As far as I'm concerned, Beltre is fine."
* Mike Olt took batting practice for the first time today since leaving a Sept. 12 game with plantar fasciitis in his right heel. Olt also expected to run in some fashion today, whether it is in the pool or on the treadmill. "It doesn't feel 100 percent, but it's close to what it was before I blew it out," Olt said. "Woke up today fine, it wasn't sore."
* Martin Perez will make his second start on Wednesday since returning to the rotation. Perez struggled in his first start back against Seattle on Friday, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts over four innings. Ron Washington said the issue with Perez was commanding his fastball and a lack of depth on his breaking ball. "He could've been nervous the first time back, but overall what I liked is the way he competed," Ron Washington said.
-- Drew Davison