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Blanco healing slower than Rangers expected

Blanco healing slower than Rangers expected

Blanco healing slower than Rangers expected
ANAHEIM -- Rangers shortstop Andres Blanco, sidelined with a stress reaction in his back, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday. That's not going to happen. Blanco has still not taken meaningful batting practice since being placed on the disabled list.

The Rangers thought it might happen in Seattle, and it did not. He also hasn't been able to go full bore with the bat in Anaheim. He is hoping to be able to take live batting practice this weekend when the team returns to Arlington.

"I feel like it's still there," Blanco said. "It's taken a little while more than I thought. I'm working every day, but it's kind of frustrating ... 10-20 minutes and I'm done for the day."

Omar Quintanilla was called up from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Blanco as the backup shortstop but hasn't yet played. With the All-Star break and the day off on Monday, manager Ron Washington hasn't seen a need to sit Elvis Andrus.

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