Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said Saturday that the club is 'leaning toward' putting slugger Adrian Beltre on the disabled list.
'That's probably the smart move, just airing on the side of caution,' he said. 'The last thing we want is for him to be out for an extended period of time.'
Beltre took full swings in batting practice and found the outfield seats at Globe Life Park with consistency. The star third baseman worked out before batting practice and did some jogging, fielding drills and hitting off of a tee, and Daniels said it was 'a relatively good day' for him.
'We thought it's an injury that, without playing, he would feel better with,' Daniels said. 'But we have to make a call by the end of the weekend.'
Daniels said it was hard during Friday's game to not have Beltre's bat in the lineup, but said the team is being conservative, making sure not to rush Beltre back and have him miss two months instead of two weeks.
'In 2011 that happened, he tried to come back from a hamstring and missed an extra three weeks because of it. That's the last thing we want,' Daniels said.
Daniels knows, though, that Beltre is a competitor and a DL stint is not what he wants.
'If we put him on the DL I'll let [Ron Washington] tell him,' Daniels joked, saying he didn't want to be the one to upset Beltre, who missed just one game last season.
Washington said there is not a definite plan of action at the moment. He described Beltre's situation as 'touch and feel,' saying the team would continue to increase the stress on Beltre to see how he recovers.
There may be no definitive plan for Beltre's return to the lineup, but 'touch and feel' will turn into a commitment sooner or later. Washington and Daniels each said Colby Lewis will make his return to the mound on Monday or Tuesday.
The team will inform Lewis of the decision a day before he makes his first start, Daniels said. Lewis threw a bullpen yesterday in anticipation of making his 2014 debut on Monday. Lewis missed all of 2013 with an elbow injury.
Noesi to report to Arlington Sunday
The Rangers acquired RHP Hector Noesi from the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. His flight is scheduled to land Sunday afternoon just before the Rangers' 2:05 p.m. first pitch. Daniels said he wasn't sure if Noesi will be in Arlington by the start of the game.
Noesi has a career 4-16 record with a 5.64 ERA in two seasons with New York and Seattle. Daniels said while Noesi hasn't had the success many predicted he would, he has all the tools to be an effective Big League pitcher.
'He's twenty-seven years old, durable, good arm, plus stuff, he's a big-time strike thrower. All the ingredients are there,' Daniels said.
Washington said a 'change of scenery' will hopefully get the righty on track. Wash said the current plan for Noesi is to use him as a long relief man.
The club acquired Noesi for a player to be named later or cash considerations.