Ron Washington is ready for June. The month of May didn’t treat the Texas Rangers too well.
They suffered injury blow after injury blow.
One day, they were announcing that two starters were out for the season and possibly beyond. Matt Harrison will need another back operation that could put his career in jeopardy, and Martin Perez underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
A week later, they found out slugger Prince Fielder would be done for the season with a herniated disk in his neck and also that Jurickson Profar might not play a game this season with another setback to his right shoulder.
Through it all, though, they stayed optimistic and were playing well before finishing off the month with two losses to the Nationals.
“We hung in there,” Washington said of his team’s 13-15 month. “We continued to work, didn’t drop our heads. I’m proud of them and I believe before it’s all over with, they’re going to continue to make me proud.”
The players also felt they made the best of it.
“We’ve done pretty well,” first baseman Mitch Moreland said. “We’ve had to deal with a lot as a team and we came together well. It speaks a lot about the guys in this clubhouse.”
Bard, Adcock update
Daniel Bard and Nate Adcock are progressing well in their rehabs in Arizona and could join minor league affiliates early next week.
Rangers rehab pitching coordinator Keith Comstock said both relievers are throwing in the mid-90-mph range, adding: “They should be a help to us down the road.”
Bard, the former Boston Red Sox setup man, underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in his right shoulder in January, and it’s been a process to get back so far. But, if he’s healthy, the 28-year-old has an impressive track record as a dominant setup man for the Red Sox in 2010-11.
“He had some control issues early on, but he’s done a nice job of being patient and taking it one day at a time,” Comstock said. “He’s ready for games, same as Nate Adcock.”
Adcock, 26, also had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in March and showed promise as a big-league reliever in stints with the Royals in 2011 and 2012.
Geovany Soto isn’t returning anytime soon, so Washington is continuing to split the catching duties between Robinson Chirinos and Chris Gimenez.
He feels both players are doing well behind the plate, and he is trying to give them equal amounts of playing time. Chirinos emerged as the everyday catcher ahead of J.P. Arencibia earlier this season, and Gimenez has since replaced Arencibia.
Washington also acknowledged that Chirinos might not be ready to handle a full catching workload.
“I noticed he was wearing down,” Washington said. “Catching up here is a little different than catching in the minor leagues. We don’t have one catcher who is our everyday guy right now.”
• Washington hasn’t made a decision whether Michael Choice will start Sunday. If he plays, it’d likely be in left field to give Shin-Soo Choo a day to rest his left ankle.
• The Rangers will keep the rotation in line following Monday’s off day. Said Washington: “There’s no need for us to adjust anything.”
• Rookie second baseman Rougned Odor has changed agents and is now back with Beverly Hills Sports Council, the agency that initially represented him. Odor had been with Relativity Baseball.