Beltre, Webb set for next phase of rehab

Beltre, Webb set for next phase of rehab

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- New additions Adrian Beltre and Brandon Webb are scheduled to take big steps in their respective returns from injuries on Sunday.

Beltre -- who still hasn't made his spring debut with the Rangers yet because of a strained right calf -- is expected to take ground balls with third-base coach Dave Anderson for the first time since his injury, and will continue taking batting practice as he has for the last week.

"He's going to field early with Dave, where he can work at his own pace," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

But Beltre is still not quite ready to begin running drills, and the team acknowledged earlier this week he might not be ready to return by the original target date of March 10.

Webb, meanwhile, is slated to throw his fourth bullpen after a long toss session on Saturday at Salt River Fields. It means Webb, who is coming back from shoulder surgery, is getting closer to making his spring debut, as live batting practice is likely the next step before game action.

"We'll see how it goes with the bullpen," Washington said. "He might have to get another bullpen, so we'll just have to wait to see how it goes in this session."