ANAHEIM -- First baseman Mitch Moreland, on the disabled list since June 20 with a strained left hamstring, had another extensive workout at first base on Friday afternoon. Moreland passed all fielding tests and the next step will be running the bases on Saturday and Sunday.If all of that goes well, Moreland could be ready for a medical rehabilitation assignment as early as next week when the Rangers return to Arlington. "I ran full speed in Oakland before we left and this was my second day of ground balls," Moreland said. "It felt great, I didn't feel anything in my hamstring. The thing now is to make sure I have enough stamina. As soon as I know that, I'll be ready for a rehab assignment." Moreland was expecting to be ready by Monday. That appears to be the case. The unknown variable is that his wife, Susannah, is due to give birth to the couple's first child on Wednesday. That may delay him being sent on rehab assignment. Otherwise he should be back in the Rangers lineup at some point during the upcoming homestand. "Everything has gone as planned," Moreland said. "No setbacks. I'm feeling great."
Lewis' next start depends on weekend bullpen session
ANAHEIM -- The Rangers are waiting to see whether Colby Lewis can throw off a mound in the bullpen before they determine whether he can make his next start against the Red Sox on Tuesday.Lewis experienced some tightness in his right forearm in his last start against the Athletics on Wednesday. He allowed one run in five innings after being activated off the disabled list. He missed 18 games while on the DL and there is still some lingering tightness in the forearm. "It was tender and it was sore but not as bad as before," Lewis said. "We'll see what happens." Lewis played catch before Friday's game and is scheduled to throw in the bullpen either Saturday or Sunday. That will determine whether he can pitch on Tuesday against the Red Sox. The Rangers have Scott Feldman available if needed. "If he can't throw his bullpen, we can't put him out there," manager Ron Washington said. "There is nothing I can tell you right now. We'll just have to wait and see how things go."
Gentry seeing more action against right-handers
ANAHEIM -- Center fielder Craig Gentry was in the lineup on Friday night with Angels right-hander Jered Weaver on the mound. Gentry, a right-handed hitter, started the season in a platoon situation, mainly starting against left-handers. Manager Ron Washington has been using him more against right-handers lately but is not ready to annoint him as an everyday player."He has been doing a great job with the way I've been using him," Washington said. The Angels will also go with right-handers Ervin Santana on Saturday and Dan Haren on Sunday. Washington said he hasn't decided yet whether Gentry will be in the lineup or he'll go back to Leonys Martin, who hits from the left side but is hitless in his last 16 at-bats. Gentry went into Friday's game hitting .335 with a .401 on-base percentage. Against right-handers he was hitting .308 with a .372 on-base percentage. "I don't go out there trying to prove anything," Gentry said. "I've just gone out and done what I have to do, and given my best effort. So far it's been paying off."
Borbon likes Texas, but wants another shot at Majors
ROUND ROCK, Texas -- In each of the past two seasons, the Rangers have traded a "fallen" prospect at the July 31 Trade Deadline. Triple A Round Rock outfielder Julio Borbon could be the next in line.With the Deadline 10 days away, Borbon is grateful for the opportunities he's had with the Rangers but would not be against getting dealt if it meant seeing significant time in the Major Leagues. Borbon, 25, who was the Rangers' Opening Day center fielder in 2010-11, is batting .296 with seven home runs, 17 RBIs, 51 runs, and 17 stolen bases this year, all at Round Rock. "If they feel like I'm a piece where I'm not needed at the moment and they'd like to go after something else, that's what they decide," Borbon said. "Obviously, my biggest goal is to play at the big league level. If that's what it took, that's out of my hands, but I wouldn't be able to tell you honestly how much I have a desire to go anywhere else because the Rangers have given me a pretty good opportunity as far as playing. All I can do is focus on the moment right here and give everything I have." Two years ago, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a catcher who had played 191 games with the Rangers from 2007 to 2009 but only two in 2010, was traded to the Red Sox at the Trade Deadline. Saltalamacchia now leads all big league catchers with 17 home runs. Chris Davis, who was dealt by the Rangers to the Orioles a day before the Trade Deadline last year, is batting .260 with 15 home runs for Baltimore this season. "Coming up, I saw guys like Chris Davis and [former Rangers catcher Taylor] Teagarden, guys who are at the big league level," Borbon said. "It's tough to be able to control things where if you were with this team, you'd probably be up or what would happen if you were with that team. I just have to really enjoy myself and I think that's where the best of Julio Borbon comes out, whether I'm in Double-A or the big leagues."
The Rangers will wait until Saturday to activate catcher Yorvit Torrealba. He missed three days on paternity leave while his wife, Millie, gave birth to a daughter on Tuesday in Miami. He was on a late flight Friday and the Rangers decided to wait until Saturday. As a paperwork move, the Rangers transferred him from paternity leave to the restricted list. The Rangers have less than 4,500 reserve seats remaining for Monday's game against the Red Sox. That means they'll have over 40,000 fans for the game and need only 37,643 to go over the 2 million mark for the season. They will do so on the 46th home date, the earliest in club history. They did so on the 50th day in 1994, a season that was cut short by the players' strike. The Rangers are on pace to draw 3.5 million fans, which would set a club record. The Red Sox have announced their rotation for their three-game series against the Rangers that starts on Monday. Left-hander Felix Doubront will start on Monday, followed by right-handers Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett. Pitcher Koji Uehara, sidelined with a strained right lat muscle, is on a limited throwing program as he tries to work out some stiffness in his right rib cage.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Christian Corona is an associate reporter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.