Alex Rios has been one of the more durable players in the game the past seven seasons. He has averaged almost 153 games a season and has been on the disabled list only once in his career (in 2006 with a staph infection in left leg).
Rios has dealt with minor injuries early this spring, though. He had a sore left big toe and is now day to day with a strained right intercostal.
“You can’t force things through spring training,” Rios said. “It’s better to take some precautionary actions to not get hurt.”
Rios isn’t too concerned about it and is preparing himself to be out there everyday once again during the season.
“What I can control is my preparation and I prepare myself to play 162 games,” he said. “I feel proud about that.”
In other injury news:• LHP Derek Holland (left knee surgery): Playing catch out to 60 feet.
• C Geovany Soto (foot surgery): Scheduled to catch live batting practice on Tuesday, and is still on track to play in games by March 15.
• INF Jurickson Profar (shoulder tendinitis): Going through routine infield drills, but has yet to throw from relays and cutoffs. About a week away from playing the field in a game.
• OF Engel Beltre (shin splints): He is available to play, but not in today’s starting lineup.
• INF Brent Lillibridge (bruised right thumb): Has resumed all baseball activities but not available for today’s game.