Because the Rangers had a day off on Thursday, a five-inning complete game from Kameron Loe on Friday and two rainouts this weekend, their relievers all have had at least four days off. Their inactivity is a concern going into the four-game series with the New York Yankees.
"We're at the point where that's not a good thing," manager Buck Showalter said. "It was yesterday or the day before."
Akinori Otsuka, who did some throwing and got some time on the exercise bike, didn't seem to mind.
"In Japan, I once went two weeks without pitching, went in and threw one pitch, then went another week with out pitching," Otsuka said. "Then I threw one more pitch."
Durazo expected to leave:
Triple-A Oklahoma designated hitter Erubiel Durazo is expected to take his free agency on Monday since there is no chance he'll be called up to the big leagues anytime soon.
Durazo, on the disabled list at Oklahoma with a hamstring injury, has a clause in his contract that allows him to become a free agent if not called up by May 15. The Rangers have no plans to call up an injured player.
But even if Durazo was healthy, it's likely the Rangers would call up Jason Botts if they needed a designated hitter. Botts is hitting .315 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs in 34 games, while Durazo is hitting .289 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 21 games.
Asked if Durazo would be leaving, general manager Jon Daniels said, "There's a pretty good chance."
Second baseman Ian Kinsler was 1-for-3 on Saturday night in his third game on a rehab assignment with Oklahoma. Kinsler left the game early after running into a fence chasing a foul ball. His back was a little stiff but he was expected to play on Sunday.
"Believe me, I've been down there on those rehabs," Showalter said. "If you tweak a toenail, they get you out so they can cover their rears."
Kinsler has been sidelined for a month with a dislocated thumb and is expected to be activated at some point on the current road trip. But the Rangers aren't sure when that will be. Minor League field coordinator Mike Brumley is monitoring his rehab assignment.
"We're waiting for the feeling down there that he's ready to go," Showalter said. "We haven't gotten that yet."
Player could be cash:
The player to be named later in the Rangers' trade with the Milwaukee Brewers could be cash instead if the two clubs can't agree on the player. The trade is expected to be completed in late July.
The Rangers traded pitcher Brian Shouse on Saturday for infielder Enrique Cruz, who spent the entire 2003 season with the Brewers as a Rule 5 Draft pick and was 6-for-71 in 60 games.
"He was real young," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He just wasn't ready for this. But he went down, worked his way through A-ball, Double-A and now Triple-A, and he's doing fine. He's making his natural progression upward. Enrique is a great kid."
Alison Mahay, wife of Ron Mahay, knows a little bit about being a mother, and she is going to put that expertise to good use.
Alison is getting ready to open up a business called The SportsChild, which will sell sports-themed children's clothing and furniture. The first store will be in the Phoenix area and will also be available online at www.theathleteschild.com.
"It's going to be online first, and the store's going to be right by my house, actually, in Arizona," said Ron, who lives in the Phoenix suburb of Litchfield Park. "She has a couple of employees working for her right now, but it's actually running out of the house right now. It should be online in a day or two. She just ordered all her stuff, so she's waiting until everything comes in before she opens up online.
"She's always known about kid's clothes and stuff. She always wanted to do something like this. This is her dream."
Right-hander Kevin Millwood tries again at 6:05 p.m. CT on Monday when the Rangers open a four-game series with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mike Mussina pitches for the Yankees. The Yankees swept the Rangers in a three-game series in Arlington earlier this month. The Rangers have lost seven of their last 10 games in the Bronx.