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Tuesday a.m. things

Rain out yesterday, doubleheader on Wednesday, starting at 4:05 p.m. The Rangers are peeved, since they have to fly back to Texas on Wednesday, and they now probably won't get in the air until 1 a.m.

Akinori Otsuka is now going to get a third opinion on his sore right forearm, going to visit Dr. James Andrews to see what is up. Evan Grant notes the problem that Otsuka's injury has caused:

If Otsuka does not pitch again this season, it could put the Rangers in a delicate position. He's eligible for salary arbitration this winter and would probably be due somewhere between $4 million and $5 million.

The Rangers would have to make a choice whether to tender him a contract at that amount without having seen him pitch during the last three months of the season. The other option would be to non-tender him, making him a free agent.

The Rangers could sign him for less, but he'd also be able to negotiate with every other club.

Unless he needs T-J surgery (which would mean he'd be out until 2009), I can't see the Rangers non-tendering him. However, him not pitching does mean he probably won't be able to be dealt this offseason, which limits what the Rangers can try to do.

Grant also mentions that Matt Harrison has resumed throwing off a mound in Arizona, and that Hank Blalock has had a "mechanical setback" in his throwing, although it sounds like he still hopes to start a rehab assignment this weekend.