Rangers notes: Soria could join Rangers within a few days

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Texas Rangers relief pitcher Joakim Soria said he feels ready for the big-league level after back-to-back relief appearances in rehabilitation work at Double A Frisco.

Soria, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, was back in Arlington on Friday, waiting for the team to inform him of its intentions.

He could be activated or the team might want him to pitch again in the minors.

“I’ve been feeling really good,” said Soria, who registered 160 saves in five seasons with the Kansas City Royals, including a career high of 43 in 2010. “It feels real good. I’m just waiting on the next move.”

Soria threw only six pitches on Wednesday and eight on Thursday in a perfect inning both days against Arkansas.

Part of the rehab, however, includes the standard warm-up in the bullpen and building up a readiness to enter the game. That’s a big part of the rehab, he said, not just throwing game pitches.

Manager Ron Washington said on Friday that the team probably would make a determination on Soria’s status in “the next day or so.”

The plan, Washington said, is to ease Soria back into competitive situations, though that’s not set in stone.

“I’m not going to sit here and say you won’t see him in high-level situations because you never know how a game is going,” Washington said. “We’ll do our best to ease him in.”

Darvish goes tonight

Yu Darvish returns Saturday night on five days’ rest after winning his first game in eight starts on Sunday.

Darvish leads the majors with 151 strikeouts, the highest total before the All-Star break since Kerry Wood’s 156 in 2003. He’s tied for third in the AL in ERA (2.78) and tied for 10th in innings pitched (113 1/3).

In his last start against Cincinnati, Darvish worked 6 2/3 innings and gave up no runs on four hits. He had eight strikeouts in a game in which “he mixed his pitches extremely well,” Ron Washington said.

“Physically I feel really good,” Darvish said. “So far I haven’t been hurt and I’m healthy. So overall, I think [the first half] has been really good.”

Manny starts in Triple A

Manny Ramirez will make his first start for Triple A Round Rock on Sunday, a team spokesman said.

The Rangers signed Ramirez, 41, to a one-year minor-league contract on Wednesday.

Ramirez hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 49 games playing in Taiwan.

He last played in the U.S. with Oakland’s Triple A affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats, last year.

No movement for Baker

Jeff Baker said he has been unable to test his injured right thumb since a cortisone injection on Monday.

Baker is still hopeful that he’ll regain range of motion and resume baseball activities in the coming days. He suffered a setback while trying to take batting practice last weekend.

Frasor getting outs

Jason Frasor has been effective in his last four appearances, retiring 11 of the 12 batters he faced, including all three Friday against Houston, and stranding all five inherited runners.

Frasor also has a 0.96 ERA in his last 12 games.

“He started throwing the ball well, so we started giving him the ball in those [high-leverage] situations,” Ron Washington said.


• Reliever Kyle McClellan, designated for assignment on Wednesday, accepted an assignment to Double A Frisco, team officials said. McClellan’s preference was Frisco rather than Triple A Round Rock because he has a house in the area. He could have refused assignment and asked for his outright release.

• Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel remained out of the booth with laryngitis.

Staff writer Drew Davison contributed to this report.

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