Borbon looks toward next season

Borbon looks toward next season

Borbon looks toward next season
ARLINGTON -- Julio Borbon, who had surgery on his left ankle in July, rejoined the Rangers on Friday, but only for pregame workouts. Borbon, who has not played in a game since July 8, might do so once or twice before the season ends, but he is not a postseason option, and is concentrating on getting ready for 2012.

Borbon wants to play a full season of winter ball in the Dominican Republic to make up for the time he missed this season. Dominican winter ball begins in mid-October.

"I'm just trying to get back into baseball shape," Borbon said. "Everything else is going great. It would be nice to get in a game or two, but it's not a necessity. I wouldn't be disappointed if I'm not able to play. I've still got many years ahead of me."

Borbon was the Opening Day center fielder but went on the disabled list on May 14 with a strained left hamstring. He was sent to Triple-A Round Rock on a rehab assignment on May 30 and was then optioned there on June 3 when the Rangers decided to stay with Endy Chavez in left field.

Borbon broke the ankle in college and re-injured it sliding into a base at Round Rock. After being placed on the DL, he decided to have surgery to reinforce the ankle.

Manager Ron Washington said that Borbon has a future with the team and is expected to compete for a job in Spring Training.

"He's still a guy in the mix," Washington said. "We still have a lot of confidence in him. If he hadn't hurt himself, he probably would have been back up here. He was starting to get it together. Julio is going to get a chance to come back and play."