"We're trying to get kids away from performance-enhancing drugs and into proper nutrition and training," Hoffman said. "It's designed to help adolescents up to the professional athlete -- step-by-step -- in strength, speed, agility and flexibility and how to maintain it."Vazquez is in his third year as the club's strength and conditioning coach. Hoffman is the chair of the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the College of New Jersey. He consults for the Rangers on performance-enhancing drugs and the club's prevention program was commended in the Mitchell Report for its effectiveness. Washington waits on Wilson: C.J. Wilson, sidelined with soreness in his left elbow, is hoping to be ready to return to game action next week after one or two sessions in the bullpen. He has made just one appearance in a game so far this spring, on Feb. 29, but doesn't feel he's falling behind. "That's the benefit of being a reliever," Wilson said. "You can miss a week and not lose too much ground." He can't fall too far behind. Manager Ron Washington made it clear that Wilson still hasn't officially won the closer's job yet. "We'll see," Washington said. "It's still out there. He needs to show he can throw the ball over the plate. Just like everybody else. He has to show he has stamina. Just like everybody else. But he's got time. We still have 20 days." He said it: "He took care of me quite a bit when I came up. He'd take me out to dinner and always took care of it. We'd sit together during games and talk or watch video and talk. I learned from that more than anything else." -- Rangers pitcher Kevin Millwood on former Braves teammate Greg Maddux, who pitched against Texas on Saturday. Briefly: Hank Blalock returned to the lineup for the first time in eight games after missing time because of a sore shoulder and back/neck stiffness. Blalock was used at designated hitter on Saturday and is expected to do that again on Sunday. He could return to third base on Monday against the Padres. ... Frank Francisco threw two scoreless innings on Saturday, but the Rangers still want him to develop a split-fingered fastball. Up next: Left-hander Kason Gabbard and right-handers Scott Feldman, Wes Littleton and Robinson Tejeda will pitch against the Angels at 3:05 p.m. CT on Sunday in Tempe, Ariz. The Rangers will also play a "B" game in the morning against the Royals, with right-hander Warner Madrigal and left-hander Bill White scheduled to pitch.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less