"It's good. … It is getting better all the time," Ohlendorf said. "I'm gradually doing more things. My main concern is getting it to feel good and then getting into a game. I know it's close."
Other fifth-starter candidates will be auditioning in San Antonio this weekend. Anthony Bass, who has pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, starts on Friday against the Dodgers, followed by Anthony Ranaudo on Saturday. Lisalverto Bonilla is also expected to pitch in San Antonio on Saturday.
The tight groin muscle may be pushing Ohlendorf back in the competition, but the Rangers are also considering him for a spot in the bullpen.
"I don't think it has hurt him as we stand right now," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "If we have another setback, we would have to re-evaluate his ability to make the team as a starter."
• Pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo, who is trying to win a spot in the bullpen as a non-roster player, was sent home on Thursday with flu-like symptoms. Oviedo, who had 92 saves for the Marlins from 2009-11, has been inconsistent this spring, according to club officials watching him, and has a 4.91 ERA in four Cactus League appearances. He is scheduled to pitch on Friday against the Mariners.
• Manager Jeff Banister said there are no plans to use infielder Joey Gallo in the outfield. Gallo, who is on the travel roster to San Antonio, has played in 12 Cactus League games and is 7-for-25 with two home runs and six RBI. The Rangers are going to keep him at third base.
• Major League players on the travel roster to San Antonio include shortstop Elvis Andrus, second baseman Rougned Odor, center fielder Leonys Martin and catcher Carlos Corporan. The left field candidates on the trip are Jake Smolinski, Ryan Ludwick, Jared Hoying and Carlos Peguero.
• Tanner Scheppers threw in the bullpen on Thursday. He has not pitched in a Cactus League game yet, but that could be forthcoming this weekend. Scheppers has been sidelined with a sprained right ankle, but with two weeks left in camp, he said there is "no doubt in my mind" there is enough time to be ready for Opening Day.
• Derek Holland, who had a sore shoulder early in camp, will make his first Cactus League start on Friday against against the Mariners in Surprise. Colby Lewis pitches Saturday against the Brewers in Surprise.