Headaches a thing of the past for Nippert

Headaches a thing of the past for Nippert

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Dustin Nippert said he's finally over the headaches that had been causing him trouble since he landed on the disabled list.

"The dizzy spells and the headaches and stuff like that lasted a lot longer than I thought they would," Nippert said. "But they're gone now, so hopefully they'll stay away. I just have to start conditioning and try to get back to normal as fast as possible."

Nippert was hit in the head by a line drive July 19 in Detroit and has been on the DL since. He was eligible to come off Aug. 4, but remained sidelined because of the headaches.

"I feel really good. I'm pretty much back to normal now," Nippert said. "I just have to catch up, conditioning-wise and with arm strength, but other than that, I feel really good."

Rangers manager Ron Washington said it means a lot to see Nippert throwing again.

"He took a few chances to work his way back and it didn't work. Now he's back in there throwing and doing good," Washington said. "That was scary. It didn't glance off his head, it hit him solid. I'm glad he's back to baseball activities for his peace of mind. That was scary."

Nippert said he isn't sure when he may come off the disabled list, but felt he could have a better grasp on Friday or Saturday.

"I took it easy throwing today. I had long-toss yesterday, long-toss again tomorrow," Nippert said. "And then hopefully I'll finish off the mound or finish with the flat ground. We'll see how I feel tomorrow but that's the plan. After that, we'll take it day-to-day and see where it leads."