Rehab assignment in sight for Treanor

Rehab assignment in sight for Treanor

ARLINGTON -- Catcher Matt Treanor ran the bases prior to the Rangers' game against the Yankees on Tuesday and called the results "outstanding."

Treanor, who went on the disabled list July 24 with a strained posterior cruciate ligament, was pleased with the work he got in as he continues inching toward a rehab assignment. He said he'd likely have a better idea on when he'd go out on assignment at the end of the week.

"Blocking, some footwork, see how I am coming out of the catcher's stance," Treanor said of what he worked on. "I hit on the field the last day in Oakland. I don't know if I hit on the field today, but I'll hit in the cage, for sure."

He noted that his injury definitely entered his mind as he crossed first base. Treanor was originally injured after tripping over the foot of Angels first baseman Kevin Frandsen before falling to the ground.

"It's there. It's not going anywhere," Treanor said of the first-base bag. "The more work I get, the less it enters into my mind. There's a reason I'm running the bases and not going with the club and all that other stuff. It's hard not to know about it."

Whenever he does return to the Rangers, he'll do so wearing a new number. Treanor gave his usual No. 15 to the newly acquired Cristian Guzman, who has worn the number throughout his career. Treanor, meanwhile, will switch to No. 20.

"It worked out for me, because I've worn 20 quite a bit. I wore it in memory of my brother," Treanor said of his brother Michael, who passed away in December 2002. "He was a big baseball fan and he always wore 20. So when I had a chance to actually ask for a number after my second year here in the big leagues, I figured I'd put that on."