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March 07, 2013

Rangers morning update: The tooth about Mike Olt

Mike Olt was back in the Rangers' clubhouse Thursday and planning to go though the morning workout a day after having his lower right wisdom tooth removed. He is doubtful to play against the Dodgers, but said he would give it a try if a lingering post-procedure headache has cleared up.

Olt said that the tooth had become infected and was causing pain on the lower and upper halves of his mouth. He had been feeling the discomfort for four days, and the training staff considered having the tooth removed on Tuesday's off day. They opted for antibiotics to try to clear up the infection, but the pain only worsened.

"I couldn't take it anymore," Olt said. "Might as well get it out now rather than in the middle of the season."

Olt will probably stay on the injury list for at least another day, but Leonys Martin will becoming off it today. The center fielder is in the lineup against the Dodgers after missing Wednesday with tightness in his left hamstring.

Kyle McClellan could make his Cactus League debut next week. He threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and is scheduled to throw live batting practice Saturday. That is usually the final test an injured pitcher must pass before being cleared for game action.

-- Jeff Wilson

 

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