Notes: Wilkerson's shoulder checked

Notes: Wilkerson's shoulder checked

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Rangers outfielder Brad Wilkerson was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum on Sunday and is flying back to Texas to undergo an MRI and be examined by Dr. Keith Meister.

Yocum saw no structural damage in the right shoulder, but the Rangers want Meister to check him out as well. Wilkerson, who has been bothered by soreness in his right shoulder, may get a cortisone injection but is still expected to be ready for Opening Day.

"Obviously we'll see what Dr. Meister says," general manager Jon Daniels said. "But at this point, I'm optimistic that it doesn't seem to be a significant problem. It's something we can take care of and get him back."

Eaton, others throw: Adam Eaton had no problems throwing 1 1/3 innings in a Minor League game back in Surprise, his first outing since leaving last Sunday's start against the Chicago Cubs with a bruise on his right arm.

Eaton allowed one hit and struck out two. The primary goal of the outing was to have Eaton pitch an inning, sit down and cool off, then get back on the mound and see if he could get loose again.

He did so without problem and is now scheduled to throw 75-80 pitches in a game Wednesday. That will put him in line to start the second game of the season against the Boston Red Sox on April 4 at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.

Akinori Otsuka, Antonio Alfonseca and Jose Silva all pitched a scoreless inning in a Minor League game as well.

Mench mania: Kevin Mench did not make the trip to Tucson on Saturday. Cactus League pitchers could breathe easier one day after Mench went 3-for-3 with a home run off Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano on Friday night.

"Kevin Mench, he's a great hitter," Zambrano said. "If I face him in the World Series ..."

Right now, this is the Cactus League, Spring Training in Arizona, and Mench has been one of the hottest hitters across the desert, taking the day off with a .463 batting average, five doubles, one triple and six home runs.

Going into Saturday's games, Mench led the Major Leagues -- Cactus and Grapefruit -- with a 1.073 slugging percentage and is second with six home runs. His .463 batting average ranked fourth in the Cactus League and he also led the Cactus League with 17 RBIs and 44 total bases.

He has at least one hit in 12 of 14 games.

Daniels lauds Dickey: Daniels has been calling other general managers about possible starting pitching but said he was impressed with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey's six scoreless innings against the Cubs on Friday.

"That was one of the crispest games we've played all spring," Daniels said. "He worked quickly, threw the knuckleball for strikes and they didn't center many balls."

Like manager Buck Showalter, Daniels is not ready to make any pronouncements on the fifth starter spot. Edinson Volquez pitches against the Seattle Mariners on Monday and Juan Dominguez starts Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics.

"Dickey couldn't have done much better than he did," Daniels said. "We'll see how Monday and Tuesday go and make a call."

Briefly: Roger Clemens has accepted the Rangers' invitation to be a part of their Opening Day ceremonies on April 3 at Ameriquest Field in Arlington. He will also attend the ring ceremonies with the Houston Astros on April 4 at Minute Maid Park. ... Pitcher Kevin Walker was assigned to Minor League camp before Saturday's game. Afterward, the Rangers optioned Jason Botts to Triple-A Oklahoma. ... C.J. Wilson (shoulder stiffness) felt good after Saturday's throwing session and will probably have another bullpen session Monday. If that goes well, Wilson could get three or four appearances in exhibition games and be ready for Opening Day. ... John Mayberry Jr., the Rangers' first-round pick in last year's draft, started in his first "A" game ever and had a run-scoring double in the second inning. But then he was taken out of the game with a tight hamstring muscle that has been bothering him in Minor League camp as well.

Coming next: Kameron Loe, who has a 3.86 ERA this spring, pitches against Tomo Ohka and the Milwaukee Brewers at Surprise Stadium on Sunday. Mark Teixeira is expected to start at first base for the Rangers and is still looking for his first extra-base hit of the spring. Teixeira, who was 0-for-15 in the World Baseball Classic, is 4-for-22 in exhibition games, all singles. The game will be broadcast on KRLD 1080 AM.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.