Rangers get Yu, Ogando back in time for Yankees

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The Yankees are coming to town to begin a four-game series Monday night, and the Texas Rangers are set to get a rotation boost from two players on the disabled list.

Yu Darvish and Alexi Ogando are scheduled to return Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

Darvish, sidelined with a strained right trapezius muscle, has no limitations for his outing. He has not pitched since July 6, but has stayed active by throwing two bullpen sessions and said the break has been beneficial.

“I thought it was really good for me,” said Darvish, who went 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA in the first half.

“In Japan, I had this long of a break before, so it’s not something new.”

Manager Ron Washington said Darvish is not on a pitch count and will not be monitored as closely as Ogando, who is coming off his second DL stint this season.

Ogando (right shoulder inflammation) has been cleared to make his scheduled start Tuesday. He threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Saturday, and felt no pain the day after. He allowed two runs over seven innings in his last rehab start for Triple A Round Rock on Thursday.

Ogando threw 80 pitches in his final rehab start, and could probably throw up to 100 on Tuesday.

“We’ll just watch his stress level and go from there,” Washington said. “I don’t think we’ll try to get more out of him. If we think after five he did well, or after six he did well, that’s it. We won’t try to get more.”

Derek Holland will start Wednesday, but Thursday’s starter remains undecided. Washington joked that “TBA” could stand for a few things, such as “to be addressed” or “to be acquired.”

Injury updates

Matt Harrison is making a little bit more progress than anticipated as he begins ramping up his throwing program after undergoing back surgeries in late April and early May.

Harrison has thrown two bullpen sessions, and is expected to throw about 60-65 pitches in another session Monday. If that goes well, he could throw live batting practice Wednesday.

“I’m feeling great,” said Harrison, who hopes to return in late August.

Nick Tepesch, meanwhile, began playing long toss at 120 feet Sunday, and said his right elbow is beginning to feel better. He still doesn’t know when he’ll be able to throw a bullpen session.

Finally, Colby Lewis (flexor tendon surgery) is ready to go Monday night for Double A Frisco. He’ll be on a count of about 65 pitches as he makes his second start since restarting his rehab assignment.

Who’s No. 2?

The Rangers have used seven batters in the No. 2 spot this season, from David Murphy to Jurickson Profar to Mitch Moreland. Craig Gentry was in that spot for the third time on Sunday.

Elvis Andrus has been the primary two-hole batter, but Ron Washington has dropped him in the lineup to try to get him going offensively. Washington maintained that the No. 2 spot still belongs to Andrus.

“I want Elvis to give me the spark out of that spot, but I’m giving him some more time to relax,” Washington said.

Briefly

• Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez won’t be making his 2013 debut at Rangers Ballpark, as expected. The former Rangers infielder is out for at least another 7-10 days after being diagnosed Sunday with a Grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps.

• Designated hitter Lance Berkman, on the DL with left hip inflammation, could be ready to take batting practice Monday, Ron Washington said.

•  Monday night’s game is at 6:05 p.m. to accommodate a national TV broadcast.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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