Injured outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hopes to start his medical rehab assignment in the next week to 10 days.
An MRI Friday showed his strained calf is 80 percent healed.
Choo hopes to be available to return to the Rangers roster by the third week in May.
Choo has been working out and hitting in the cages. He’s able to put 90 percent of his body weight on his right calf.
“I don’t have any problem,” he said. “Everybody who has an injury wants to come back early. I’ve always done that.”
But, Choo added, an injury to the legs is a tad different, especially for an outfielder who needs to run frequently.
“If I my elbow’s not 100 percent, I can play, because I’m not throwing all the time. I can control it. But the calf, every movement you use it — especially in the outfield, the first move, first step,” he said.
If he aggravated the calf again he could miss double the time, so Choo understands the cautious approach.
“I want to be back early, but I have to listen more to my body and come back 110 percent,” said Choo, who was We still have five months left in the season.”
Hamilton’s first rehab game
Outfielder Josh Hamilton went 0 for 2 with Double A Frisco Saturday night at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Hamilton flew out to right field on a 1-0 pitch in the first inning and reached on an error by the shortstop in the third. He was forced out on a double play. He played four innings in left field and made the catch on his lone attempt on a fly ball.
Catcher Robinson Chirinos will have an MRI on his broken right arm Tuesday and if the news is good he could soon begin a rehab assignment.
Chirinos has been catching off a pitching machine in the indoor cage to keep his legs and glove in shape.
“I just want to have my whole body ready when [my arm] is ready,” he said. “I won’t have to wait too much time to get back.”
Chirinos said he expects his rehab to be at least a week to 10 days.
“I’ll need to get my arm in shape and work on hitting,” he said. “Whatever my body needs to be ready to compete and help the team win.”
Closer Shawn Tolleson has converted seven consecutive save chances, including Friday night. Before Saturday’s game, his eight saves was tied with the White Sox’s David Robertson for the American League lead.
Tolleson has allowed just one run on six hits since allowing five runs on five hits in his second appearance of the season April 6.
“I don’t feel any different than I did to start the season. Really, I had a really bad game and besides that I think it’s been OK,” he said. “I haven’t really spent much time on thinking about how things are going, just going out there and continuing to stay with the same routine I have been doing.”
The Rangers bullpen hasn’t allowed a run in its past nine innings (before Saturday), with no walks and nine strikeouts.