ARLINGTON, Texas -- Vladimir Guerrero is back in the lineup, pending his batting practice session. Guerrero still has a bruise near his left eye, but the swelling has gone down. He came in and told manager Ron Washington he was ready to play.
"I feel better, a lot better than yesterday," said Guerrero through a translator. "There is no pain and I know I can see. I feel good."
Guerrero has been the offensive leader of this club all season, so he's an important bat to have at the cleanup spot as the Rangers begin this three-game set with Tampa Bay, sporting the best record in baseball.
* LHP Derek Holland is scheduled to throw off flat ground tomorrow after resting his arm. He said he has shoulder tendinitis, though the official injury was left rotator cuff inflammation.
"I want to get out there and get going, but I know you have to be patient," Holland said. "I feel good and am glad I can start throwing."
Holland said he doesn't know the long-term plan and is focused on just doing what he's told each day. Washington said Holland would stretch out on flat ground and eventually throw a bullpen before the club will decide what to do with him next. Washington said there's no urgency except to get Holland healthy. That's because the club has Tommy Hunter scheduled to take Holland's place.
"I hope Tommy does well and makes it a tough decision on the staff," Holland said. "I wish him the best. We all pull for each other here."
You've got to like that attitude.
* OF Nelson Cruz (left hamstring strain) ran on a treadmill on Thursday and is scheduled to run in the outfield before tonight's game. He said even when his leg is stretched hard, he doesn't feel any pain. So he's encouraged by that. Now it's a question of getting back into shape and seeing if the hamstring keeps responding. The earliest he can be reinstated from the DL is June 13. The club is in Milwaukee in the middle of a road trip during that time.
* RHP Tommy Hunter was glad to be back in the Rangers' clubhouse and is eager to pitch on Saturday. "It was good to come in and smile and see everyone," Hunter said. "I want to pitch well and help this team." We'll have more on Hunter later on, but he's pleased with his progress and said he's built up his innings. Washington isn't worried about Hunter's pitch count. Hunter threw 94 pitches in his last start.
* Catcher Max Ramirez is in the game tonight and the plan is for him to catch tomorrow as well to give Matt Treanor two days off. The time off helped Treanor in Chicago. He was 4-for-13 with four RBIs. "We have to be careful with him," Washington said. "We'll just have to watch him and get him some time when we can."