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September 12, 2012

Wednesday's Rangers notes: Mike Adams down with tight right trap

Mike Adams didn't feel right Tuesday when he worked the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians.

The Texas Rangers setup man revealed that he was dealing with a tight right Trapezius muscle, and felt like he was "shot-putting" the ball instead of pitching it.

"Once I got on the mound, it started tightening up," Adams said.

Adams isn't doing any baseball activities today, and is expected to rest a few days. Adams doesn't believe it is a serious issue, and that's the message he passed along to manager Ron Washington.

"It's just a hiccup," Washington said.

In the meantime, the Rangers will likely use Alexi Ogando in an eighth-inning situation. If Ogando is unavailable, Koji Uehara, Tanner Scheppers and possibly Michael Kirkman would be used.

Here are a few other notes:

* Roy Oswalt plans to play catch Thursday, and will see how is arm is feeling after that. He has never had an arm injury in his career, and wouldn't speculate if being in the swing role of long man/spot starter was the cause of his setback. "I don't know," Oswalt said.

* Mike Olt said he still has some of the symptoms of plantar fasciitis in his right heel, but it has gotten better. As far as adjusting to a bench role, Olt said: "It's definitely a lot more difficult than I thought it'd be, but you've just got to stay focused and engaged in the games."

* The plan for Mike Napoli remains to play three games for Double A Frisco, which is in the Texas League championship. Napoli caught seven innings and went 0 for 2 on Tuesday, and is scheduled to catch all nine innings tonight. Frisco is off on Thursday, and Napoli would serve as the designated hitter Friday. "My intention is three games," Ron Washington said.

* The Rangers have extended their player development contract with Triple A Round Rock for four more years, which takes it through 2018. There were two years left on the original contract, signed prior to the 2011 season.

-- Drew Davison


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