Daniels talks Chris Davis, callups, waivers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels called his counterpart at the Baltimore Orioles, Andy MacPhail, after he saw that Chris Davis was put on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. He said as part of a professional relationship, he wanted to be sure he talked to him. Daniels said the Rangers didn't know Davis was having any kind of shoulder issues and the Orioles aren't upset with the deal or accusing the Rangers of anything.

Davis was traded with Tommy Hunter on July 30 for reliever Koji Uehara and $2 million. Daniels said MacPhail didn't have any issues with the deal, but Daniels said he would keep in touch about it. Davis played third base the day before he was traded.

"Andy was very clear that he didn't have any issues with the way things were handled," Daniels said. "We'll stay in touch and see how his rehab goes."

Daniels said Davis told the Orioles the shoulder was bothering him in Texas, but not enough for him to tell anyone or get treatment. So the Rangers didn't know there was anything going on. There are no plans to alter the deal.

Other notes from Daniels' quick chat with the media prior to Monday's game:

* The club is planning on discussing needs in terms of September call-ups this week, but hasn't made any decisions. They already have a third catcher here (Taylor Teagarden) and will likely grab some relief help. We'll see if Leonys Martin makes that list, but the club is mindful of not plucking too many guys off a team bound for the minor league playoffs. "We've talked a little bit," Daniels said. "We might get a couple of guys at the beginning of the month, based on needs, and then wait until Round Rock is through playing and get a few more."

* Daniels knows his staff will be mentioned when GM jobs come open, like the one with the Cubs. "They deserve to be mentioned," Daniels said. "We've got a lot of talented people here. I would hope their names are brought up. If there are opportunities they are interested in, I would certainly encourage them. Everybody is really focused on what we're doing right now. The downside is it can become a distraction, but big picture, it's like the trade deadline in that you want teams to want your players. This is evidence that our guys have done their jobs. It's flattering to have them mentioned."

Daniels said he wouldn't ever keep someone from looking at potential promotions.

* Daniels was in Myrtle Beach and Charlotte the past week, checking in on some Rangers minor leaguers. He was glad to see Mike Olt, the club's 49th overall (supplemental first round) pick in 2010, return to action after missing more than two months with a broken collar bone. "He has right-handed power and is a plus defender, plus athlete, very good makeup," Daniels said.

* Daniels isn't worried about figuring out the 40-man roster if they need to get a guy on there. "If you need the guy enough, you find a spot for him."

* Daniels said the club checks the waiver wire every day to see if there's someone of interest, but they don't feel like they've got to do something. "Things can change with injuries," Daniels said. "I would expect the current team we've got is the group we're going with."

* He'd like to have another lefty in the bullpen, but added that the key is to have relievers that can get lefties out and Daniels feels like this pen has those. That was part of the thinking on acquiring Uehara and Mike Adams. Uehara is holding lefties to .127 and Adams to .190.

* Reports on Tanner Scheppers, who closed a recent game for Round Rock, are good. "The stuff has never been a problem," Daniels said. "The lower back got him, but he's healthy now."

* Barret Loux, from Texas A&M, was shut down because of his innings count, not because his shoulder is having any major issues. "We'll get an exit physical, but all-in-all, we're happy with his year," Daniels said. "He's got one more semester to graduate, so he's going back to school this fall. He doesn't have any pain. He's just had a long year and we're going to take the physical and be at spring training next year."