Tolleson to likely pitch in game on Sunday

Right-hander has been sidelined with tightness in forearm

Tolleson to likely pitch in game on Sunday

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers right-hander Shawn Tolleson, who has been sidelined with tightness in his right forearm, is planning on pitching against the Dodgers on Sunday. It will be his first time in a Cactus League game since March 20.

Tolleson was cleared to throw after getting a clean MRI and being examined by Dr. Keith Meister. He threw a 19-pitch "light" bullpen on Friday and said everything went well.

The Rangers came into Spring Training planning on Tolleson being in their bullpen. Tolleson said if he can get into three games by the end of Spring Training, that should be enough to get him ready for Opening Day.

Worth noting

Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled to play the outfield on Sunday against the Dodgers. He has been sidelined with some soreness in his left triceps but has been on a long-toss throwing program. Sunday would mark the first time since March 15 that he has played the field.

• Outfielder Antoan Richardson underwent surgery on Friday to repair a herniated disk in his back. His recovery is estimated at six to eight weeks before he can begin baseball activities.

• Pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo, who has been sidelined with soreness in his right biceps muscle, has been cleared to begin a long-toss throwing program. Oviedo, the former Marlins closer, has not pitched in a game since March 14.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.