MINNEAPOLIS — The only significance the Texas Rangers game Monday and the one Tuesday will hold for Ron Washington is that they were two more opportunities to win a ballgame.But the record book will show that Washington has caught and passed Bobby Valentine for the most games managed in club history. Washington tied the mark of 1,186 during the opener of a four-game series against Minnesota, and, barring something totally unexpected, will assume the top spot Tuesday.I think Ill make it through the day, Washington said. It means longevity. I had some great players that gave me an opportunity to be here eight years.The Rangers hired Washington after the 2006 season, replacing Buck Showalter, and he passed Valentine for most managerial wins last season.Washington was at the helm for the franchises only two trips to the World Series, in 2010 and 2011.Pitching plansRight-hander Tanner Scheppers will make three more rehab appearances before the Rangers consider activating him from the disabled list.Scheppers, out with elbow inflammation, is scheduled to pitch an inning for Triple A Round Rock on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday after making his rehab debut May 24. He worked one inning for Double A Frisco, allowing an unearned run.Though he was the Rangers starter on Opening Day, Scheppers will return as a reliever, and the plan is for him to eventually assume the key eighth-inning role he held down last season.Well use him when we feel its necessary, and hell work his way back to that point, Washington said.Left-hander Derek Holland continues to throw only bullpen sessions and work on strengthening his left knee in the weight room. His main issue is being able to stop quickly after running.We havent really tested it, he said. I think by the end of the week, were going to be trying for the whole stopping thing.Choos planWashington hopes to have Shin-Soo Choo back in left field after a second straight day of nursing his sore left ankle as the designated hitter.Choo hopes that he wont be nursing the injury all season, and hopes the All-Star break will provide the necessary rest. The ankle, sprained April 22 at Oakland, isnt much of an issue hitting.Base running is the worst, said Choo, who scored from first on Elvis Andrus fifth-inning double.Michael Choice again replaced Choo in left field. Choice homered Sunday against Justin Verlander and doubled home a run in the second inning Monday. Though stuck in a 5-for-41 slide, Choice has hits in four of the five games on the Rangers road trip.Hes going to have his issues. We knew that, Washington said. Weve got confidence in him, and Im going to keep putting him out there.Briefly• Washington said that he expects Luis Sardinas to play two of the final three games of this series, and he could replace Elvis Andrus in one of them. Andrus has played in all 51 games this season despite having elbow issues that disrupted his spring.• The 57 hits the Rangers collected in Detroit rank as the third-most in a four-game series in club history. The 57 hits were the most in four games by any team since June 2012.
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