Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment Tuesday with Double A Frisco.
Chirinos has been on the disabled list since April 10 after fracturing his right forearm. An X-ray earlier this week showed the bone was healed. He caught five innings of a simulated game before Friday’s game and hit live batting practice on the field for the first time.
“It’s good to hit inside, but to go outside and hit, it was fun,” he said. “It’s mostly getting comfortable at the plate and I think that’s going to come down in the minor leagues playing some games.”
Chirinos is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on June 9. He expects to spend a week with Frisco and be reinstated on that date. The club wants Chirinos to get about 45 at-bats in the minors and catch consecutive nine-inning games before he returns.
To make room for Chirinos, the club will have to decide between Bobby Wilson and Bryan Holaday