Right-hander Mike Adams is flying to Oakland on Tuesday and will rejoin the team for the season finale Wednesday, but he won't be available to pitch and is doubtful for the opening playoff series or wild-card game.
Adams saw Dr. Drew Dossett, the team's neck and spine specialist, on Monday, and received a cortisone injection. Dossett did not put any limitations on Adams. It will be up to how Adams is feeling as to how quickly he progresses, said general manager Jon Daniels. There is still no timetable for Adams to begin a throwing program, which complicates things for the playoffs.
"We haven't made that call yet," Daniels said. "He's still in the mix, but it will be tough to have him active without seeing him throw."
Adrian Beltre, starting at designated hitter Tuesday, was named the AL Player of the Month for September for a second straight year. He said he doesn't know why he has performed so well in the final full month of the season. "I want to be consistent the whole year," he said. "It's not like you choose to do well in one month."
Nothing is new with MLB's investigation into the homophobic slur that was sent out on Derek Holland's Twitter account Sunday night. Holland steadfastly denies doing it, and says he might have actually been pitching when the tweet went out. "It's in MLB's hands at this point," Daniels said.
Ryan Dempster, scheduled to start the season finale, said that he has enjoyed his two months with the Rangers so much that he would consider signing with the Rangers in the off-season. Dempster is a free agent after the season. "It's a great place to play," he said. "It's been a really pleasurable experience for me."
-- Jeff Wilson