Vlad may return to lineup Friday

Vlad may return to lineup Friday

CHICAGO -- Vladimir Guerrero was out of the Rangers' lineup Thursday for the second consecutive game with significant swelling around the left eye. Guerrero was hit by a batted ball that ricocheted off the batting cage while he was taking batting practice before Wednesday's game.

The Rangers are hopeful Guerrero will be ready to go on Friday in the series opener in Arlington against the Rays, and there has been no discussion about putting him on the disabled list.

"It feels good," Guerrero said before Thursday's game. "It's less swollen. I'm going to go out and try to play tomorrow. But I knew from the time that I got up to on the way to the ballpark that I wasn't going to play."

Guerrero has reported no blurriness or any other vision problems. But manager Ron Washington wanted to be cautious.

"I don't know what he can see out of that eye," Washington said. "I'm not taking any chances. He's down tonight."