Connor on Padilla: Pitching coach Mark Connor said Vicente Padilla had no pain or stiffness behind his throwing elbow during Sunday's start against the Milwaukee Brewers. Padilla threw in the bullpen on Tuesday and is scheduled to go on Friday against the Reds.Padilla allowed two runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings after missing a start because of what was described as discomfort behind his right elbow. He left the game with a 4-2 lead, but the Rangers ultimately lost in the 12th inning. They are now 2-11 when Padilla pitches. "He told me the other day he was fine," Connor said. "He battled really well, he just ran out of gas. He threw a few more pitches than I had planned, trying to get him through the fifth and get him a win. It just didn't work out." Sosa in now, then out: Sammy Sosa started in right field on Tuesday against the Pirates at PNC Park, but, with no designated hitter in the National League city, that will probably be his only start here in Pittsburgh. Washington said Sosa will likely start just once in Cincinnati this weekend. Washington said Marlon Byrd will likely start in right field on Wednesday and Victor Diaz will likely be out there Thursday. The Pirates throw a right-hander on Wednesday and a left-hander on Thursday. "I don't want to wear Sammy out," Washington said. "I'm trying to conserve him as much as I possibly can. He may have to become a pinch-hitter for a few days." Kata elects free agency: Infielder Matt Kata has cleared waivers and has elected to take his free agency. Kata was designated for assignment a week ago after hitting .186 in 31 games for the Rangers. He said it: "I may not do as much running at first base, but I'm not sure whether that's good or bad. Sometimes it's better for it to be more stretched out." -- Brad Wilkerson, coming off a hamstring injury, on playing first base Monday's Minor Stars:
Gold: Right-hander Armando Galarraga pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Double-A Frisco's 6-1 victory over Midland. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out seven. Silver: Kasey Kiker picked up his second victory by pitching Clinton to a 2-1 victory over Kane County. In five innings, he allowed one hit, walked three and struck out eight. Bronze: Infielder Casey Benjamin was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs in Frisco's victory over Midland. Briefly: Pitcher Eric Hurley was one of six Roughriders named to the play in the Texas League All-Star game. The others are catcher Kevin Richardson, outfielder Anthony Webster, pitcher Doug Mathis, and infielders Casey Benjamin and German Duran. ... Assistant general manager Thad Levine said after the Minor Leagues host their midseason All-Star Games, the Rangers will meet to discuss some possible promotions. Hurley is one who will likely get strong consideration to be moved to Triple-A Oklahoma. Another guy to watch is Class A Clinton third baseman John Whittleman. ... The Rangers have signed eight Draft picks including pitcher Robert Wilkins (6th round), shortstop Davis Stoneburner (9th round), second baseman Matt Lawson (14th round), pitcher Josh Lueke (16th round), catcher Chris Gradoville (24th round), first baseman Michael Ortiz (28th round) and pitcher Ryan Falcon (29th round). Up next: Right-hander Robinson Tejeda pitches the second game of the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday at PNC Park. Right-hander Ian Snell pitches for the Pirates.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.