Notes: Tejeda, Wilson close to ready

Notes: Tejeda, Wilson close to ready

ARLINGTON -- Right-handed starter Robinson Tejeda and left-handed reliever C.J. Wilson are expected back on the mound in Minor League games on Thursday, and both could be with the Rangers soon.

Tejeda, acquired from the Phillies last Saturday, joined Triple-A Oklahoma on Tuesday and is expected to start for the RedHawks against Memphis on Thursday. He pitched four innings and threw 65 pitches in his last outing while with Philadelphia on Sunday, and the Rangers are hoping to get him up to 5-6 innings and 80 pitches on Thursday.

If all goes well, he could join the Rangers' rotation on the nine-game road trip that starts Monday.

"We want him to keep starting," pitching coach Mark Connor said. "If he goes 80 pitches and five or six innings, it's fair to say he's now an option for us."

Tejeda, picked up along with outfielder Jake Blalock for outfielder David Dellucci, was 4-3 with a 3.57 ERA in 26 games, including 13 starts, for the Phillies last year.

"He's 93-96 [mph] with his fastball and an above-average changeup," said Connor, who spoke with Tejeda on Tuesday. "His breaking ball is probably a touch below average, but it has a chance to be above average from what I've seen on video. He has a nice fluid delivery. He's really excited. He's good friends with Vicente Padilla."

Wilson is on the disabled list after a series of minor physical setbacks in Spring Training, but pitched two innings in a Minor League game on Monday and it went well, according to Connor.

"He threw really good," Connor said. "It's the first time he felt like everything came together."

Wilson is expected to join Double-A Frisco on a medical rehabilitation assignment Thursday and pitch one inning against Midland. The Rangers will monitor Wilson, but he could also join the bullpen at some point during the next road trip.

"It just depends on his command and how he's feeling, as far as how long he'll stay there," Connor said. "We want him healthy."

Eaton undergoes surgery: Adam Eaton had surgery to repair a ruptured pulley in the tendon of the middle finger of his right hand. A tendon was used from the left wrist for the repair. He could be out as long as four months. Dr. Don Sheridan did the surgery in Phoenix, where Eaton will spend six weeks doing rehab.

Ramirez interest: The Rangers have held off putting reliever Erasmo Ramirez on waivers because of some trade interest from other teams. The Rangers designated him for assignment last Saturday and have 10 days to trade him, release him or put him through waivers.

A couple of clubs have expressed interest in him, according to Rangers officials, so they have yet to ask waivers on him. They have until Monday to do so.

Matthews to start as DH: Outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. (strained oblique muscle) is expected to start a medical rehabilitation assignment with Oklahoma on Thursday. But he has developed a sore right shoulder from rushing to get back and is expected to start out at designated hitter.

"They don't seem to be concerned about it that much," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.

Young on Crosby: The Oakland Athletics are concerned about shortstop Bobby Crosby, who suffered a cut on his left index finger on Monday. Crosby injured the finger when he tagged out the Yankees' Robinson Cano trying to steal, and his gloved hand got smashed between the runner's spikes and the bag.

Rangers shortstop Michael Young saw the play on television and said, "Ideally, the glove protects the hand, but that looked like a bang-bang play. That's part of any position, as a catcher you worry about guys pounding into you, as a middle infielder you worry about guys taking you out or spiking you.

"Putting the tag on a runner is instinctive. You don't have time to think about it."

Big hit rookie: Infielder Ian Kinsler is one of five players on the Rangers roster who recorded a hit in his first big-league at-bat. Catcher Gerald Laird, infielders Hank Blalock and D'Angelo Jimenez and designated hitter Phil Nevin also started off their careers 1-for-1.

"It took me 16 at-bats," first baseman Mark Teixeira said. "I told these guys it's not that easy."

Briefly: Outfielder Kevin Mench and reliever Brian Shouse were throwing the football around the locker room, and that would seem a perfect sport for Antonio Alfonseca, who is the biggest Ranger at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds or more. "No, no, no," Alfonseca said with a smile. "I don't like football. No way." ... Minor League outfielder John Mayberry, the Rangers' No. 1 draft pick last year, is expected to start the season on the disabled list with a strained hamstring muscle. ... Opening Day marked the 10th time the Rangers have drawn over 50,000 at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.

Coming up: Right-hander Kameron Loe pitches for the Rangers against Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett at 7:05 p.m. CT Wednesday at Ameriquest Field in Arlington. Loe was 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA in Spring Training, the lowest of any Rangers starter.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.