There were a lot of updates late yesterday afternoon about the status of various and sundry injured Rangers players. I was going to do a post about it, then decided to wait until after the game, then went to bed before the game was over because it was so depressing, and figured I'd do a post about it this morning, then didn't do one this morning because I was thinking I'd done one last night.
Anyway. Here's where things stand in regards to the Rangers' walking wounded. All this information is via John Blake on Twitter, or the various beat guys -- Evan Grant, Anthony Andro, Jeff Wilson, Richard Durrett, Drew Davison, and T.R. Sullivan -- without whom I'd have a lot less material to blog about.
Jurickson Profar -- Profar, on the 60 day d.l. with a torn shoulder muscle, had an MRI that showed he's healing well, and can start swinging a bat now. He'll resume throwing in a week or so, and is expected back in early June.
Neftali Feliz -- Feliz, on the minor league disabled list, is fatigued and needs some rest, but is structurally sound. It sounds like he's still trying to make his way all the way back from Tommy John surgery, which he had in the summer of 2012. He's in the minor leagues, so he's not accruing major league service time, and if he isn't called up before mid-June, he will be under team control through 2016, rather than through 2015.
Joe Saunders -- Saunders, on the d.l. as a result of taking a hard hit ball of his ankle, is supposed to throw three innings in an extended spring training game, and should likely start a rehab assignment shortly thereafter. He can be kept in the minors on a rehab assignment for up to 30 days, and unless the rotation springs a couple of leaks, I wouldn't be shocked if the Rangers left him on rehab for that long, to delay making a decision on what to do with him.
Tanner Scheppers -- Scheppers, on the d.l. with forearm soreness, apparently reports that he feels much better, and is going to resume a throwing program soon.
Derek Holland -- Holland, on the d.l. after undergoing microfracture surgery in January, is doing pitcher fielding practice and is supposed to throw a bullpen today. Holland is probably about 10 days away from going out on a rehab assignment, which would put him on track to return to the major leagues in early June.
Joe Ortiz -- Ortiz, on the 60 day d.l. after breaking his foot when he was hit by a vehicle in Venezuela over the winter, has started a throwing program. Given the state of the Rangers' lefthanded relief, a healthy Ortiz could end up being a help in the bullpen.
Geovany Soto -- Soto, on the disabled list after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus, is supposed to get his knee brace off in a week or so, and is reportedly still on track to be back sometime in June.
So there you go...all in all, fairly good news.