Nippert nearing rehab assignment

Nippert nearing rehab assignment

SEATTLE -- Rangers pitcher Dustin Nippert, who is on the 15-day disabled list after getting hit in the head by a line drive two weeks ago, is expected to be sent out on a rehabilitation assignment this week.

Nippert hasn't pitched since July 19 when he got hit in the right side of the head with a line drive by Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson. Nippert was a middle reliever before he got hit. Now that role is being filled by Scott Feldman.

With no spot on the roster, the Rangers' only other option is to send Nippert on a rehab assignment. He is out of options, so he can't be sent to the Minor Leagues without first clearing waivers. Nippert is eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday.

Matt Treanor, who is on the disabled list with a sprained right knee, is eligible to come off Sunday, but his return will be delayed. He has started baseball activities but really hasn't done much catching yet. Manager Ron Washington suggested Treanor will need a rehab assignment in the Minors as well.