DETROIT -- Rangers outfielder David Murphy opened a weather application on his phone and shook his head.
"It's 33 or 34 days of 100 or more degrees and the forecast isn't changing," Murphy said.
Neither is the Rangers' schedule. They'll be in that heat for the next six games, though at least all the games are at night (not that the temperature will go down much). Temperatures are expected to stay over 100 degrees, with the high listed as 110 degrees for Friday night.
Last time the Rangers played in the blistering conditions, manager Ron Washington kept his team out of the heat for the most part. They hit inside and did early work indoors just to stay fresh and not wear down. This time, Washington said he'll work his team some, though they'll likely shorten the batting practice to 40 minutes instead of an hour, meaning hitters will go 10 minutes each session instead of 15.
"We won't go every day, but we'll get some days out there," Washington said. "I think just to get a feel for it. The BP pitchers we have throw strikes, so they'll still get their hacks."
Washington said he'll be out there throwing batting practice like normal, no matter what the conditions.
"I'll be in that heat," Washington said. "That's the only time I can my exercise. So I get my exercise out there in the heat."
Washington said he'll monitor his catchers, but believes they can play two consecutive games in the heat.
"I don't know about three," Washington said.
Taylor Teagarden might start at catcher during one of the games depending on how things are going. But Washington said his catching rotation will depend on how they feel and how stressful their games might have been.
* Adrian Beltre could run the bases on Friday if he feels good and the trainers agree he should go ahead and try it. Beltre would have to run the bases a few times before heading out for a rehab assignment and Washington said that would likely not be consecutive days. So if he runs Friday, recovers OK and then runs Sunday, he could go out for a rehab assignment early next week. But that all depends on if the hamstring feels fine when he's starting and stopping repeatedly.
"Knowing Beltre, he's going to want to run the bases, but that's not up to Beltre," Washington said. "That's up to Jamie [Reed] and Jose [Vazquez]. If they feel like that's what he needs to do, he'll do it."
* Craig Gentry has flown back to Arlington to be checked out by doctors and hopefully get his release. Gentry, who was dealing with concussion symptoms, would then report to Triple-A Round Rock for a three-game rehab assignment and could rejoin the team on Monday.
* Mark Connor, who was the Rangers pitching coach for nearly three seasons (2006 through August 2008), is returning to the organization as a consultant, sources confirmed. Connor was hired by Baltimore (and former Rangers manager Buck Showalter) this offseason, but resigned for personal reasons. He was a consultant for Texas starting in the 2009 season until leaving for Baltimore.