Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando will start a rehab assignment on Saturday for Triple-A Round Rock and remains on target to rejoin the rotation after the All-Star break.
Ogando threw a live batting practice Wednesday for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list on June 6 and came through it fine, Rangers manager Ron Washington said before the Rangers' game against Seattle.
Ogando is coming back from his second DL stint of the season, this one due to right shoulder inflammation, which didn't give him any issues Wednesday.
"He was pain free," Washington said. "It's just a matter of him seeing hitters."
Ogando will throw 45 pitches in his start Sunday for Round Rock. He is expected to make two rehab starts before returning to the Rangers when they start a three-game series against Baltimore on July 19.
Martin stays hot: Center fielder Leonys Martin takes a 15-game hitting streak into Wednesday's game, the longest of the season for the Rangers.
Martin had a bunt single and another hit as he continues to find different ways to get on base, using the entire field. He is closing in on the .300 mark, taking a .297 batting average into Wednesday.
"He’s been lining the ball around," Washington said. "He’s been hitting the ball in the gaps. Right now, he’s not missing his pitches when they’re giving it to him. When you have a hitting streak, that’s what happens. He’s putting them in play. His bunts have been keeping him afloat also."
Martin also has stolen 13 straight bases without being caught. Washington and third base coach Gary Pettis expect adjustments to be made for Martin, who has 17 stolen bases.
"We knew he could run, and he’s finally catching on," Washington said. "He and Gary have done a good job working out there. Once the league starts recognizing he’s a base stealer and they start holding the ball, stepping off, we’ll see exactly where he goes from there. But you got to give him credit, he’s been ripping.
Still no OF for Profar: Washington said he considered giving 20-year old Jurickson Profar his first shot in the outfield in Wednesday's 9-2 loss to the Mariners, but decided not to test it.
Profar will make his first appearance in the outfield in a lopsided game, not in the starting lineup.
"I thought about putting Profar in the outfield last night, but didn’t want to lose the designated hitter in case we made a comeback," Washington said.
Nathan wins award: Closer Joe Nathan was selected as MLB's Delivery Man of the Month for June after saving all 11 of his chances. It's the fourth time Nathan has won the award in his career.
Rangers 7 seats: The Rangers are offering $7 upper reserved tickets for Sunday's 2:05 p.m. game against the Houston Astros. Tickets for the 7-7-7 Special represents a savings of $15 off the regular gate price.