ARLINGTON -- With Neftali Feliz and Roman Mendez in the big leagues, the Rangers have positioned themselves to see what they can get for relievers Jason Frasor and Neal Cotts before the July 31 Trade Deadline.
They, along with Shawn Tolleson, have been the Rangers' most reliable setup relievers but are both free agents after this season. The Rangers were 13 games under .500 going into Tuesday's game with the Astros and their primary goal for the second half is to take a look at as many young players as possible.
According to Major League sources, Cotts and Frasor stand the best chance of being moved by the Rangers before July 31.
Cotts is 2-5 with a 3.65 ERA on the season. He has allowed four runs in his last eight games but still has a 2.48 ERA in his last 31 games. Cotts is likely to have some kind of market because there is always a need for left-handed pitching in the majors.
Frasor is 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 36 appearances this season despite having allowed runs in three consecutive outings. He has held left-handers to a .220 batting average while right-handers are hitting .250.
Mendez, 23 was called up on Monday after going 0-1 with a 4.02 ERA in 25 relief appearances at Triple-A Round Rock. He missed the final four months of last season while dealing with a stress fracture in his right elbow and was brought along slowly in Spring Training.
Soriano available for team needing DH
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are a team without a designated hitter. Alfonso Soriano is a proven Major League hitter who has been designated for assignment.
The Rangers aren't going to claim him off waivers but Soriano could be an option for a team that took a chance on Carlos Pena last month. The Yankees designated him for assignment on Sunday and have 10 days to trade him or put him through release waivers. If he is released, Soriano is free to sign with anybody at the pro-rated minimum.
Soriano, 38, was let go because he wasn't hitting and had lost playing time with the Yankees. In 67 games, he was hitting .221 with six home runs, 23 RBIs and a .367 slugging percentage. Since May 26, he had eight hits in 55 at-bats and the only two extra base hits were a pair of doubles. But in 2013, he hit .255 with 36 home runs and 104 RBIs.
Shin-Soo Choo was at designated hitter for the Rangers on Tuesday night for the second straight game with Jake Smolinski making his first Major League start in left field. Daniel Robertson started in left field on Monday.
Manager Ron Washington wanted to give Choo a couple days at designated hitter because he has been dealing with a sprained left ankle since April 21. Choo will likely be back in left field on Wednesday with either Smolinski or utility infielder Adam Rosales at designated hitter.
"[Choo] played a lot of ballgames in the field on the road trip," manager Ron Washington said. "I just wanted to give him a break. He'll probably be back out there tomorrow."
Adduci making progress
ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder and first baseman Jim Adduci has been hitting off a tee, and will take regular batting practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He is close to being able to go on a medical rehab assignment if all goes well this week. The Rangers could even get him in a simulated game this week in Arlington.
Adduci fractured his left pinkie finger twice, the first time on April 19, the second in early June while on a medical rehab assignment in Triple-A Round Rock for the original injury.
"For us I think the only way to have a true feeling is to hit off the machine," Adduci said. "Obviously I want to have two days of it so that on Friday I can kind of gauge where I need to be at -- quantity of swings and recovery ... Right now the plan is Saturday. Saturday go out and rehab this thing."
Adduci added that though his strength is not fully back, he's no longer in discomfort.
"I think it's not going to be 100 percent, talked to the doctors and talked to the ortho guys," Adduci said. "It's gonna be where it is. It's kinda sore, but who isn't sore right now?"
Darvish hit in head during batting practice
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was hit in the head Tuesday by a batted ball during batting practice while he was playing catch in the outfield, but didn't seem too shaken up by it.
Derek Holland was able to initially deflect the ball off of his glove before it hit Darvish, but it wasn't enough to keep the ball -- which came off the bat of Leonys Martin -- from hitting the pitcher on the top of his head.
"I heard it," Holland said. "I was supposed to be protecting him but I just couldn't get to the ball. It was too high. I didn't get high enough. He's fine."
Darvish is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Astros. He will be re-checked Wednesday as a precaution, but is expected to start
Darvish went down to the ground for a few moments, but got back up and resumed playing catch. He and a trainer checked for blood and after they saw that there was none, Darvish finished playing catch. He saw Dr. Keith Meister after he left the field.
• Phil Irwin started for the Rangers on Tuesday and became the 1,000th player in the history of the Washington/Texas franchise.
• The Rangers signed outfielder Darius Day, their 23rd-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Simeon Career Academy in Chicago. The Rangers have signed 27 of 40 draft picks.
• The Rangers have signed first baseman/catcher J.T. Wise to a Triple-A Round Rock contract. He had been playing for the Wichita Wingnuts in the independent American Association.
• Pitcher Joe Saunders, released by the Rangers, has signed a Minor League contract with the Royals.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.