• Daniels said pitcher Joakim Soria, who had elbow surgery last year and is also dealing with a strained pectoral muscle, is on track to return to the mound in early June and, if he continues to progress, could be ready to rejoin the Rangers in early July.
"He's progressing in his throwing program where he should be," Daniels said.
• Entering Sunday's game, reliever Derek Lowe hadn't pitched in a week, with his last outing an unimpressive inning on May 12 in which he allowed four earned runs to push his season ERA to 8.03. Washington said Lowe isn't dealing with any injury issues and hasn't seen action simply because he's the long man in the bullpen and situations haven't called for it, though the Rangers have had some large, late leads in the past week.
• Craig Gentry started in center field Sunday, his first start since May 12, even though the Rangers were facing Tigers right-handed pitcher Doug Fister and left-handed Leonys Martin often starts against righties. Martin has 86 at-bats in 36 games this season, while Gentry has 84 at-bats in 31 games.
"I can't keep sitting on him," Washington said of Gentry. "Whether it's a right-hander or a left-hander, he's got to keep getting at-bats."
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.