Something completely out of the ordinary happened Monday at Globe Life Park, where the Texas Rangers actually received a positive medical update on one of their injured players.
An MRI exam on second baseman Rougned Odor’s right shoulder showed no structural damage a day after he suffered a mild sprain as he jammed it while scrambling back to first base on a pick-off attempt.
Odor hit in the cages and was available to pinch-hit in the finale of the four-game series against Cleveland. He will attempt to throw Tuesday and could be back on the field during the two-game interleague series against Miami.
“It was good news,” manager Ron Washington said. “When I left the ballpark yesterday, he was smiling.”
Odor said that he did the same thing to the same shoulder three years ago and missed only a couple days. That’s his expectation this time.
“It was nothing serious,” said Odor, who is batting .290 (20 for 69) since making his major league debut last month. “I know how to deal with it.”
Holland on hold
Left-hander Derek Holland will head to Arizona on Wednesday to continue strengthening his left knee and to resume throwing live batting practice after the Rangers determined he was not healthy enough to begin a rehab assignment.
Holland went through a brief session of pitchers’ fielding practice. He was better than two weeks ago at Minnesota, but Washington said that Holland isn’t ready to pitch in games.
“He’s still got to continue to work,” Washington said. “He was able to move around, but it’s not ready for competition. My eyes tell me he’s not ready. It’s not where it should be.”
Holland, who had microfracture surgery in January after tripping over his dog on a staircase, will stay at extended spring training until June 24. He was frustrated that he won’t be working in games.
“The strength is definitely better,” said Holland, who won’t return from the disabled list until after the All-Star break. “I guess it wasn’t as good as I thought. It’s their opinion, and I guess they didn’t see what they wanted.”
Holland will have some company. Outfielder Engel Beltre (leg) and infielder Jurickson Profar (shoulder) will head to the Surprise Recreation Campus on Tuesday. Beltre will start doing more baseball activities, and Profar will be placed on a conditioning program.
“Everything is fine,” said Beltre, who ran the bases before Holland’s fielding work. “The speed is there.”
Lewis balances expectations
After 10 starts, Colby Lewis is 4-4 with a 5.77 ERA, and he hasn’t pitched in the seventh inning. He’ll try to improve on both Tuesday in the opener against Miami.
While the way he feels continues to not match the results, Lewis is mindful that perhaps he can’t expect to be working nine innings so soon after returning from a major hip operation.
“Sometimes I’ve just got to step back and realize that I haven’t pitched in 11/2 years,” Lewis said. “All I can do is prepare myself to feel [healthy] every time, and it will come.”
• The Rangers’ second-, third- and fourth-round picks — shortstop Ti’Quan Forbes, shortstop Josh Morgan and left-hander Brett Martin — were in town for physical exams and should sign contracts soon. Sixth-rounder Jose Trevino, a third baseman from Oral Roberts, has signed.
• The Rangers remain also-rans in balloting for the American League All-Star Game. Adrian Beltre is fourth at third base, and Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios are 11th and 12th in the outfield.