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February 26, 2013

Rangers news: Lance Berkman, Colby Lewis updates

Designated hitter Lance Berkman was a full-go in drills Tuesday morning and will make his Cactus League debut Thursday, said manager Ron Washington. Included in the drills was base running, and Berkman made his way around the bases without aggravating the inflamation in his right calf.

Adrian Beltre, also slowed by a sore calf, said that he is feeling better, but he still isn't sure when he will play in a game. He also took part in all the morning drills.

Colby Lewis said that he will throw his first bullpen session since July on Friday, around 20 or 25 pitches. The right-hander had surgery in July for a torn flexor tendon and is on schedule for a May return to the rotation. He is doing his best to not rush back.

"The way I feel, I don't want that feeling to go away," Lewis said. "I feel too good. I don't want to continue to push and push and push, and then something bad happens."

Outfielder Engel Beltre is still planning to play in the World Baseball Classic for Spain, but his sore left shoulder isn't showing as much improvement as the Rangers would like to see. They scheduled an appointment with a local orthopedist, and the results of the exam are pending.

-- Jeff Wilson



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