The Rangers aren't expecting to have to put him on the disabled list.
"My expectation is he's going to be a pitcher for us this week," general manager Jon Daniels said.Diaz going down: The Rangers are planning to option outfielder Victor Diaz to Triple-A Oklahoma to make room for first baseman Mark Teixeira, who is coming off the disabled list after missing over a month with a strained quadriceps muscle. Teixeira played a full game at first base for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday night on medical rehabilitation assignment and said he was happy with the results. He worked out with the rest of the team Thursday at Angel Stadium. "I'm 100 percent," Teixeira said. "I feel great. I'm ready to start playing." Diaz hit .259 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 37 games and 104 at-bats during his time with the Rangers. Wilkerson off first: Washington will have to work to find playing time for Brad Wilkerson now that Teixeira is ready to return to first base. Washington has a plan: Washington will start Frank Catalanotto in left field against right-handers and Wilkerson against left-handed pitchers. Wilkerson will still see some time at first base. Washington said he plans to use Teixeira at designated hitter at least twice during this six-game road trip. Wilkerson could see time in center field when Washington wants to give Kenny Lofton a day off against left-handers and he could give Marlon Byrd a day off when there's a tough right-hander on the mound. "A lot of it depends on how I feel when I make out the lineup," Washington said. "I want to get everybody as much playing time as I can and keep everybody sharp." Beavan signs with Navarro: Irving High School pitcher Blake Beavan, the Rangers first pick in the First-Year Player Draft, has signed a letter of intent to pitch for Navarro Junior College. Beavan had previously committed to the University of Oklahoma. The Rangers still expect to sign Beavan before the Aug. 15 deadline. But by changing his college choice from Oklahoma to Navarro, Beavan can re-enter the Draft next June. If he had gone to Oklahoma, Beavan would have had to wait until after his junior year. "Everybody likes to have options," Daniels said. "I'm disappointed this has gone this far into the summer. But based on all our conversations, we still expect to sign him at some point." Beavan is represented by Randy and Alan Hendricks, who also represent Roger Clemens. Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement guidelines, all picks must be sidelined by Aug. 15. The Rangers are close to signing University of Alabama pitcher Tommy Hunter, the 54th overall pick in the Draft. Briefly: Ian Kinsler hit off a tee for the first time on Thursday since going on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his left foot. He said he still feels the foot "grab" him and there's no timetable for his return. ... Hank Blalock is still hoping to return from shoulder surgery by Aug. 1. He is with the team, taking batting practice and on a throwing program. ... The entire squad was at Thursday's workout with the exception of shortstop Michael Young, who was attending to a family matter.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.