Torrealba, Hawpe still ailing

Torrealba, Hawpe still ailing

Catcher Yorvit Torrealba was out of camp for the second straight day with a virus. The Rangers are expecting him back at some point this weekend.

"He was feeling better today than he was yesterday," manager Ron Washington said.

First baseman Brad Hawpe is also missing in action. He hasn't been able to play in the intrasquad games because of soreness in his right hamstring. He is expected to be down for 2-3 more days.

Left-handed reliever Joe Beimel is scheduled to face hitters in live batting practice on Saturday. He hasn't been able to pitch in the intrasquad games because of some stiffness in his left elbow, but if all goes well on Saturday he should be able to pitch in early Cactus League games.

Beimel, with 567 career relief appearances, remains one of the top candidates to win a spot in the bullpen as a left-handed relief candidate.

Kelvin de la Cruz, another left-handed bullpen candidate, has had some stiffness in his elbow but felt good enough to pitch a scoreless inning in the intrasquad game.