Blanco to start rehab assignment on Monday

Blanco to start rehab assignment on Monday

ARLINGTON -- Andres Blanco, who is recovering from lower back inflammation, will be joining Adrian Beltre on a rehab assignment at Omaha with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

Blanco said the training staff expects him to spend all three days in Omaha, and then possibly be called up to the Majors.

"I hope it's just three days, but you never know," he said.

Blanco went on the disabled list on Aug. 9 with the inflammation. He also went on the disabled list on July 8 with a stress reaction in his back.

At the end of his rehab stint, it will be Sept, 1, the day Major League rosters expand from 25 men to 40, which would mean that there would not need to be an accompanying roster move to bring Blanco back onto the active roster.

Blanco said to minimize the chance of re-injuring the back, he would drop switch-hitting and only bat from the right side, even against right-handed pitchers.

"I'm just going to bat right-handed because my left side is still sore," Blanco said. "I don't want to hurt my back and keep hurting it when I can go bat right-handed and just do fine."

Blanco is batting .206 in 68 at-bats. He has primarily been used as an extra infielder for the Rangers.