Adam Eaton, slated as the team's No. 2 starter coming into the season, threw two innings of a simulated game before Sunday's contest against Houston. Jason Botts, Freddy Guzman and Jerry Hairston Jr. each faced Eaton twice.
"Everything felt good; the ball came out pretty well," said Eaton, who sprained the middle finger on his right hand just before the season began. "Building arm strength and stamina is what we're going for right now."
Eaton will throw two innings, roughly 30 pitches, Thursday at Triple-A Oklahoma. It will be his first game action since Spring Training.
"You can throw all the bullpen [sessions] you want, but that competitive fire helps the adrenaline a little bit," said Eaton.
Kameron Loe received an injection from team physician Keith Meister on Sunday to help his right elbow recuperate. Loe said he has been throwing on flat ground from about 60 feet and hopes to be on a mound in three or four days.
There is a strong possibility that when Loe returns to the Rangers, he will be a reliever. He was placed on the disabled list June 19.
Making a move? The Rangers are looking into the possibility of pursuing Jeff Weaver, who was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday. The Rangers aren't ready to talk trade with the Angels or make an offer to Weaver if he becomes a free agent.
But they are trying to see if he might be an upgrade over what they have now. The Angels have 10 days to trade or release Weaver, who was 3-10 with a 6.29 ERA in 16 starts after signing a one-year, $8.325 million contract in the offseason.
Like father, like son: After years of watching and listening, Gary Matthews Jr. finally will be able to swap All-Star Game stories with his dad in about 10 days.
The Matthews became the 11th family with multiple generations of All-Stars with the announcement that Matthews Jr. will play in the July 11 game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
"I'm happy to be able to represent this team," said Matthews. "The best part is just knowing my family is going to be a part of it."
Gary Matthews Sr., also an outfielder, played in the 1979 All-Star Game in Seattle. He hit .304 with 27 home runs and 90 RBIs during the 1979 season.
Daniels checks out the future: General manager Jon Daniels had a chance to watch starters Edinson Volquez and John Danks pitch at Triple-A Oklahoma during the Rangers' recent road trip.
He seemed to like what he saw.
"[Volquez] didn't have his best command, but he pitched and competed," Daniels said. "You wouldn't know Danks was a 21-year-old making his second start at Triple-A. He was impressive."
Volquez is 4-5 with a 3.31 ERA in 16 starts this season, while Danks, the Rangers' first-round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, has split his first two starts and sports a 3.00 ERA.
Tough slate: Barring any setbacks, the Rangers will have to face two of the hottest pitchers in the American League when the Twins come to town.
Carlos Silva will pitch for the Twins on Friday before phenom Francisco Liriano (9-1, 1.99 ERA) and Johan Santana (9-4, 2.59 ERA) pitch Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
DeRosa recognized: Mark DeRosa wasn't named to the All-Star team, but he did receive some team recognition.
DeRosa was named the Rangers' Player of the Month for June. He hit .370 (40-for-108) with 11 doubles, one triple and 10 RBIs.
His 40 hits in June shattered his monthly career high of 25 that he hit during September 2002 with the Braves.
DeRosa's hot bat also has aided a move to the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
"I like it," DeRosa said of his new home in the order. "It's a position I feel comfortable in."
If he had enough at-bats to qualify, DeRosa would be tied for third in the American League batting race entering Sunday.
Briefly: Reliever Frank Francisco, who is still struggling with his right elbow, saw Meister on Sunday. ... Josh Rupe, who was put on the 60-day disabled list near the end of Spring Training with right elbow inflammation, threw an inning for Triple-A Oklahoma on Saturday. ... The Rangers are 7-10 against the National League this season.
Up next: Rangers rookie John Rheinecker (3-2, 4.35 ERA) will take the hill against the visiting Blue Jays on Monday at 7:05 p.m. CT. Rheinecker will face off against fellow left-hander Ted Lilly (8-7, 3.87 ERA).