Pregame notes: Rios close to returning

NEW YORK -- Right fielder Alex Rios (sprained right ankle) ran the bases before Tuesday’s game and hit in the batting cages. Rios, who has missed the last two games and expected to be absent for Tuesday’s contest, said he’s ready to play.

“I think he wants me to wait another day, but I’m ready,” Rios said of manager Ron Washington.

Rios didn’t do much cutting while running the bases because he was wearing sneakers instead of cleats.

Rios’ name is the subject of many trade rumors with Kansas City sending a scout to watch him play, though he hasn’t done much of that lately.

The Rangers have a team option on Rios for 2015 and a $1 million buyout of his contract. Rios, however, does have six teams he can block a trade to and the Royals are one of those teams.

“I don’t know,” Rios said. “I’m not going to talk about that unless something happens.”

Andrus blames self for getting thrown out: In the third inning of Monday’s win, Elvis Andrus was thrown out trying to steal third base. It was the first time this season Andrus was caught stealing third (four out-of-five). Andrus said it was his fault he was caught stealing. Andrus said he was watching Yankees pitcher Shane Greene from the dugout and thought he picked up a rhythm on his delivery. But Andrus didn’t get a big enough lead, normally six and half steps that would have allowed him to snag third.

“I was a little bit mad at myself because I knew that I could and I should have taken a little bit more ground at second,” he said. “It wouldn’t have been that close. I would have been safe. For me, I was a little upset. I knew if I had taken an extra step or anticipated a little more that’s when you can realize (it).”

Beltre wins award: 3B Adrian Beltre won the Texas Rangers 2014 Heart and Hustle Award, presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. The award is presented to active players who demonstrate a passion for the game and its traditions.

“It means a lot,” Beltre said. “For the alumni to pick you as the winner this year is really rewarding but is humbling but at the same time I appreciate the honor to be picked this year as the winner.”

Base Hits: Washington said J.P. Arencibia will play mainly first base but that’s not the long-term goal.

“First base is not his future here,” Washington said. “It’s his future the rest of the season. First base is not his future in Texas. We won’t make that mistake.”

  • Washington worked out Gimenez at third base prior to the game and said the team is working on making him versatile.

  • X-rays on OF Jake Smolinski’s left foot were negative and there’s a chance he could play Wednesday.

  • With Geovany Soto going to the DL, it marked the 22nd time the Rangers have put a player on that list, which leads the majors. The Rangers currently have 14 players on the DL.