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Notes: McCarthy could return Monday

Notes: McCarthy may pitch Monday

DETROIT -- The Rangers are considering the possibility of bringing back Brandon McCarthy to pitch on Monday against the Boston Red Sox.

McCarthy is on the disabled list with a blister problem and is scheduled to make a second start on medical rehabilitation assignment for Double-A Frisco on Friday. But he made it through his first rehab start on Sunday without problem, and the Rangers may activate him to pitch against the Red Sox.

"The theory is they can't hurt the finger anymore throwing 85 pitches in Boston than in Frisco," general manager Jon Daniels said before Wednesday's game with the Tigers. "Ideally, we would like for him to make another rehab start, but we'll see how Willie Eyre's hand is."

Eyre started against the Tigers on Tuesday and the Rangers were happy with what they saw. Eyre allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings, but the right-hander had to leave the game after Placido Polanco's line drive hit him in the pitching hand.

Eyre underwent treatment on Wednesday and said the hand was feeling better with full flexibility. Wednesday's rainout gives him an extra day of rest

"It's just a little sore and swollen," Eyre said.

He would likely be the starter on Monday if the hand is fine.

"For what he did last night, he certainly would be," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We'll just have to see where he stands. It's sore, not broken. Maybe in a couple of days it will settle down and it will be good to go."

But even that may not be enough to keep Eyre in the rotation.

"You never know, Willie might be more important to us in the bullpen," Washington said.

If McCarthy does pitch in Frisco on Friday, it will be his last start on rehab before returning to the Rangers' rotation on the next homestand.

Sosa hits 60: Sammy Sosa had two more RBIs on Tuesday night, giving him 61 for the season. It's the 27th time in club history that a player has at least 60 RBIs before the All-Star break. Juan Gonzalez had 101 in 1998.

It's also the 12th straight year that the Rangers have had a player reach 60 RBIs before the break, the longest such streak in the Majors. The Cardinals have had a player do it in 10 straight, but Albert Pujols has just 48 RBIs going into Wednesday's game. The Red Sox are next in the American League with seven straight such seasons.

Wilkerson vs. lefties: Tigers manager Jim Leyland brought in a left-hander to face left-handed-hitting Brad Wilkerson on Tuesday night. But Wilkerson responded by hitting a three-run home run off Tim Byrdak. Wilkerson is hitting .300 off of left-handers as opposed to .202 against right-handers.

He is one of 11 left-handed hitters in the AL who own a .300 or better batting average against left-handed pitchers in at least 25 at-bats this season. For his career, Wilkerson is hitting .268 with a .370 on-base percentage and a .460 slugging percentage against lefties as opposed to .245 with a .351 on-base and a .445 slugging percentage against right-handers.

"Last year, I was sitting against left-handers, but that's because I wasn't swinging the bat well," Wilkerson said. "If I'm swinging the bat well, it doesn't matter if it's a right-hander or a left-hander. I try to keep it simple: stay square, drive the ball back up the middle and make good contact."

Draft picks signing slow: The Rangers aren't close to signing first-round Draft pick Blake Beavan, but they are hardly alone. Only 10 of the 30 first-round picks from the 2007 First-Year Player Draft have signed to this point.

Major League Baseball is leaning on clubs to hold "slot money," which is a pre-Draft prescribed amount of money that each drafted player should receive for each spot taken. But agents are trying to fight back, knowing that if all players sign for slot money, there would be no need for their services.

"We're trying to sign all our Draft picks," Daniels said. "That's the goal. Some want to get out there quicker than others, but industry-wide, it seems like it's going slower than other years."

Beavan, a right-handed pitcher from Irving High, was taken with the 17th overall pick. Two players in front of him have already signed. Both were high school players. The Reds signed catcher David Mesoraco for $1.4 million and the Blue Jays signed third baseman Kevin Aherne for $1.44 million. The Rangers signed pitcher Michael Main, the 24th overall pick, for $1,237,500.

He said it: "It's awesome. It's time." -- Ian Kinsler, on getting to hit second in the Rangers' lineup

Tuesday's Minor Stars:

Gold: Class A Clinton shortstop Marcus Lemon was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a 5-4 loss to Quad Cities.

Silver: Class A Spokane pitcher Jacob Brigham picked up his first victory of the season in a 4-2 victory over Salem-Keizer. He allowed two runs on three hits in five innings.

Bronze: Triple-A Oklahoma shortstop Joaquin Arias picked up his first hit of the season in a 6-4 victory over Omaha. Arias, who missed 2 1/2 months because of a shoulder injury, was 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

Up next: After the rainout Wednesday, right-hander Kevin Millwood will pitch against left-hander Kenny Rogers at 12:05 p.m. CT on Thursday at Comerica Park.

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

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