Chirinos takes part in hitting, throwing activities

Chirinos takes part in hitting, throwing activities

ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos, who is sidelined with neck stiffness and hasn't played in nine days, underwent an MRI on Monday and it came back clean.

Chirinos did some throwing and hitting on Tuesday. If he comes through that without issue, he could be an option at some point during the three-game series with the Angels.

"It's still sore, but it is getting better," Chirinos said. "At least I can hit and throw. The last couple of days, I couldn't hit or throw. It's improving."

In other injury news:

• Outfielder Engel Beltre, who has missed all season with a broken bone in his right leg, has developed a stress fracture in his left leg. He will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

• Pitcher Miles Mikolas, sidelined with right shoulder fatigue, is playing catch but still not off a mound. He is hoping to get there later this week. He hasn't pitched since Aug. 25.

• Outfielder Jim Adduci is still recovering from a concussion and is not ready to play. He has not played since hitting his head on the warning track in Houston on Aug. 28.

Jake Smolinski is starting to take batting practice, but he can only jog. He remains sidelined with a fractured bone in his left foot.

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.