Beimel expects to get right back on mound

Beimel expects to get right back on mound

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-handed reliever Joe Beimel said the soreness in his elbow is not serious and he should be able to resume throwing on Tuesday.

Beimel said he strained the elbow reaching for a medicine ball in conditioning drills a couple of days ago. He missed seven weeks last summer because of inflammation in his left elbow and doesn't want to take any chances early in camp.

"We don't want it to turn into something else," Beimel said. "I want to be smarter and not try and throw through it. I'd rather get some rest and be able to compete. It's not as severe as last year. Last year was one of those frustrating years where we couldn't get rid of it."

Beimel was signed to a Minor League contract early in February to compete as a possible left-handed setup reliever. He has pitched in 567 games over an 11-year Major League career, second only to Joe Nathan in Rangers camp.

"We were aware of what happened with him last year," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "Based on it being a non-roster deal, the risk was worth taking. It was a position of need and he has a track record of success."