ARLINGTON -- The Rangers remain without right-handed setup reliever Frank Francisco, who is day-to-day with some soreness in his right ribcage area. Francisco has pitched just twice since back-to-back outings against the Yankees on Aug. 10-11. He pitched twice on the last road trip, but threw a total of seven pitches.
Francisco received a cortisone shot in the area on Monday night.
"It doesn't hurt, it's just tight," Francisco said. "I was throwing in the bullpen one time and it just got tight."
Francisco is down, but Darren Oliver, the Rangers' left-handed setup reliever, is starting to come around. He retired all four batters he faced on Wednesday to earn his first win of the season. Oliver still has an 8.00 ERA in his past 11 outings going back to July 24.
"I was in a little lull for awhile, but it happens over the course of a season," Oliver said. "I still feel good, and the ball is coming out of the hand the same. Sometimes you just don't get the results you want."