ARLINGTON -- Rangers infielder Andres Blanco has resumed taking batting practice in the hope of being activated off the disabled list when the rosters expand in September. Blanco has been on the DL since Aug. 9 with inflammation in his lower back. It is the second time since the All-Star break he has been on the DL with back problems. He is hoping this time that the condition has completely subsided, otherwise it will mean another visit to Dr. Drew Dossett, the Rangers' back specialist, and possibly bring his season to an end. "I hope not," Blanco said. "I hope it doesn't bother me again because then we're going to have to go see the doctor and figure out what's wrong. I'm getting frustrated. It has been getting better, so we'll see."
Omar Quintanilla has been filling in as the Rangers' utility infielder during Blanco's absence. The Rangers have been expecting Blanco back by September. If he doesn't return, it could open up a spot for another utility infielder when the rosters expand. General manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington are expected to meet this week and discuss September callups. Esteban German could be a candidate if Blanco is not ready.