Blanco feeling less soreness in his back

Blanco feeling less soreness in his back

ARLINGTON -- Rangers infielder Andres Blanco is feeling less soreness in his back, an ailment that landed him on the 15-day disabled list on July 8.

He resumed swinging a bat for the first time since going on the DL in Anaheim on Tuesday.

"It's getting better," Blanco said. "Today is another day I have to get in the cage and swing a little bit and see how it feels. Today's my third day in a row."

Blanco will begin his rehabilitation stint soon. Rangers manager Ron Washington has said that it takes about 20 Minor League at-bats before he believes that a player is prepared to return.

"Go to rehab, go somewhere and play," Blanco said. "I don't know where exactly right now, but I should know soon."

The most likely location is Double-A Frisco, which will be playing at home until Thursday.

In the meantime, Blanco said he is trying to get back to feeling comfortable swinging the bat.

"... It's pretty much mental stuff, you know, that you have to get back," Blanco said. "You have to start back from the beginning, and you always treat it carefully. At some point you want to feel comfortable and swing free with no pain. You got to let it rip."