Notes: Anderson, Bukvich rehabbing

Notes: Anderson, Bukvich rehabbing

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Brian Anderson is a finesse left-handed starter. Ryan Bukvich is a hard-throwing right-handed reliever.

Anderson, who turns 34 in April, has thrown 1,547 innings in 11 years the Majors and pitched in four World Series games.

Bukvich, who is 27, has thrown 46 2/3 innings in 48 Major League appearances. Bukvich calls Mississippi home, while Anderson lives in Ohio.

They may be opposites in several ways, but they are two kindred spirits in the Rangers' camp. Both are rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Anderson had his elbow surgery on July 21; Bukvich's operation was May 13.

Neither will be ready when the season opens, but both are optimistic they could help the Rangers this year.

Anderson said he thinks he is ahead of pace.

"They have been trying to slow me down," he said. "I think they were surprised, let's put it that way, where I am. I don't think they were expecting to see very much. They are trying to find that balance point between letting me go on according to how I feel and at the same time realizing he is kind of ahead where he should be at this point, but lets not let him go crazy. We are trying to figure out what will make both parties happy."

Anderson said he is up to 45 pitches, "all heaters." He wants to start throwing a changeup, but had been told he needs his pitch count to reach 50 before adding that.

"I'm going to stay out here for extended spring, for my first few games, where they can control the action," Anderson said. "Then they're going to move me to [Double-A] Frisco. I'll get to locker in Arlington and go to Frisco when I have to pitch, but I'll do my work done with [pitching coach] Mark Connor and get my work in to pitch with the Double-A club in Frisco.

"I would be shocked if I would be in Surprise at the beginning of May. I know I'll be out here through April for four or five starts. I know that is the plan is to stay here until they deem me ready to go with no limitations, then I'll go to Frisco and work the pitch count up."

Bukvich said he has thrown 18 bullpens and on Friday will throw sliders for the first time. He is scheduled for a simulated game March 17.

"I've got B.A. by about six weeks," Bukvich said of rehabbing. "I would think towards the end of Spring Training, I'd throw in some Minor League games. I may get in one or two. We're just trying to find a few games early in the season under the lights where it is not cold."

Nix progressing: Laynce Nix, who had surgery on both shoulders last year and has been battling a nagging groin in Spring Training, was the DH in a "B" game on Monday and could DH on Thursday when the Rangers play a day-night doubleheader.

"Everything is steadily improving," Nix said. "I've been throwing to the bases a couple of times. It is getting better. My throwing is not 100 percent yet. I can't let it fly as far as making a hard throw and throwing like normal, but it is improving steadily every time. I want to keep that pace. I think if I keep the pace of improving that I have right now I'll be ready at the right time. Hopefully by the end of spring, but it is hard to say."

Coco throws: Closer Francisco Cordero threw 12 sliders and 14 changeups in a 12-minute bullpen session.

"I've been feeling stronger every time out," Cordero said.

Briefly: Phil Nevin hit his third home run, while David Dellucci and Drew Meyer, a 2002 first-round pick, each homered in a 6-5 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday. ... Rotation candidate Josh Rupe allowed two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out two, over three innings. ... Gerald Laird went 2-for-3 with a triple to raise his average to .429.

Upcoming: Rookie right-hander Edison Volquez will start Wednesday for the Rangers against the Athletics at Surprise Stadium. Instead of facing the A's, Kevin Millwood will throw in a morning simulated game.

Alan Eskew is a contributing writer for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.