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June 14 looks promising for injured Texas Rangers nearing returns. With Ian Kinsler already on a rehab assignment, focus can shift toward other key players soon to return. Within the next few weeks, the Rangers expect to have first baseman Mitch Moreland and pitchers Alexi Ogando, Colby Lewis, and Joakim Soria back on their active rosters. Here are their latest updates as of June 14 via MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan and Master Tesfatian.
First baseman Mitch Moreland is scheduled to return on June 21. He is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, but he has begun running bases, making the cuts and turns that simulate game activity. He reported feeling 80-90% and has had no setback in his recovery. He will run again on Friday, June 14, including more aggressive drills. Manager Ron Washington says that If all goes well, Moreland could begin a Minor League rehab assignment next week. Moreland is hitting .288 with 12 HR and 29 RBI.
Pitcher Alexi Ogando is on the mend from a right shoulder strain, He last pitched on June 5 after a month on the DL previously. His return date is not yet decided, but he will resume throwing on Friday, and he is eligible to come off of the DL on June 24. Ogando is 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts.
Right hander Colby Lewis will also start throwing from the mound on June 14. Lewis is sidelined from surgery on his right elbow last July to repair a torn tendon. He started short and long toss this week. Lewis previously threw 8.1 innings in three Minor League games in mid to late May but had to take it easy afterward to let the soreness subside. He could return to Arlington shortly before the All-Star break.
The long-awaited return of Joakim Soria from Tommy John surgery could also happen around the All-Star break. As MLB Injury News's Justin Hunter reports, Soria, out since April, 2012, threw a bullpen session late last week, and he will begin throwing batting practice on June 14. Soria should throw a few sessions and then begin his own rehab assignment very soon afterward. Soria expressed his joy in at the prospect of pitching again.
"I can't wait. I have been working hard in Arizona, but
I'm really happy to get here and be around a Major League club again -- start
living this life again, the atmosphere, getting excited for a game. That pushes
me even more."
The Rangers currently trail the white-hot Oakland Athletics by two games in the A.L. West. There is still well more than half a season left, and the Rangers have reinforcements on the way.
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