Choo avoids disabled list for now

The Rangers are not going to put outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle. He will not play again in Oakland and will be re-evaluated in Seattle. It is not a high ankle sprain, which is a more significant injury.

The Rangers instead designated pitcher Hector Noesi for assignment to make room for Nick Martinez. That also opens up a spot on the 40-man roster in case the Rangers want to call up an outfielder from Triple A at some point. Bryan Petersen and Brad Snyder are candidates but not on the 40-man.

Choo not in the lineup….still in discomfort

The Rangers are waiting to hear from Dr Keith Meister on outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who is dealing with a sprained left ankle and could end up on the disabled list. Meister is expected to evaluate the results of an MRI and give the Rangers his recommendation. The Rangers have to make a roster move before tonight’s game to make room for pitcher Nick Martinez.

Choo told the Rangers there is still “discomfort” in the ankle, one day after coming out of Monday’s game in the seventh inning. He hit first base wrong trying to beat out an infield hit.

Choo is not in the lineup. Michael Choice is leading off. Donnie Murphy is the designated hitter.

Scheppers on the disabled list

The Rangers have placed pitcher Tanner Scheppers on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow and forearm. He will not throw for ten days. An MRI showed no structural damage to the ligament and the Rangers are not hoping this is serious. Scheppers had some soreness in Spring Training and that might be connected to this.

Nick Martinez is likely to start on Tuesday against Oakland. Left-hander Aaron Poreda has been called up to take that spot for now.

McCutchen clears waivers

Pitcher Daniel McCutchen has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple A Round Rock. The Rangers have also signed former Major League outfielder Scott Cousins to a Minor League contract with the plans to convert him to a pitcher. He played in 135 games with the Marlins and the Angels. He went to the University of San Francisco

Monday afternoon….Beltre, Saunders, Soria

Monday afternoon in Arlington

Third baseman Adrian Beltre said it was “probably smart” to go on the disabled list but added he disagreed with the decision.

Joe Saunders, on the disabled list with a bruised left foot, is supposed to throw a bullpen today. The next step would be some fielding drills.

Manager Ron Washington said if the Rangers havea lead on Monday night then Joakim Soria would be the closer. Alexi Ogando got a save on Sunday because Soria had pitched the two previous games. Washington said Ogando will still get chances to close but Soria is still the closer.

McCutchen DFA’d To Make Room For Lewis

The Rangers have designated for assignment relief pitcher Daniel McCutchen in order to make room for RHP Colby Lewis on the roster. Lewis will start for the Rangers tonight.

More on the website later.

Lewis to return Monday…weather pending

Colby Lewis is expected to pitch against the Mariners on Monday…if Sunday’s game doesn’t get rained out. The Rangers will pitch Lewis on Monday, Robbie Ross on Tuesday and Yu Darvish on Wednesday. If Sunday is rained out, everything is subject to change.

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