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September 05, 2012

Wednesday's pregame Rangers notes

Not much going on this afternoon in the Rangers' clubhouse, where Varsity Blues and Robin Williams Live on Broadway were being watched as the players took it easy before the third of four games this week at Kauffman Stadium. The Rangers were not going to take batting practice on the field.

Read-the-whole-thing alert: Robbie Ross was sent back to Texas this morning to visit Dr. Keith Meister ... who was expected to clear the left-hander for a throwing program. The Rangers insist the exam in Arlington was strictly procedural, and they expect Ross to be available for the postseason.

Mike Napoli had his most extensive day of running, reaching 70 to 75 percent of full strength as he continues to come back from a strained right quadriceps. There is still no timetable for his return, but he seemed encouraged about his day.

Leonys Martin was expected to return from Texas just before game time tonight. He was back home to address a personal matter, the club said.

The Rangers have signed Juremi (pronounced Ju-ray-me) Profar to a contract with a bonus in the low six figures. The 16-year-old is the brother of the Rangers' top prospect, Jurickson Profar, who said, "It's cool to have my brother here. He's a good hitter and a good fielder, too." Juremi (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) will likely open his career in the Dominican Summer League. The Red Sox and Cubs, among others, were in the mix.

-- Jeff Wilson


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