SURPRISE, Ariz. -- After an efficient, pain-free inning in his Cactus League debut, Rangers reliever Joe Beimel said he's pleased he took the extra precaution with his sore left elbow and looks forward to continuing with regular workouts.
"It felt very good yesterday, and I feel great today," Beimel said Friday morning. "I'm pretty excited I came through it unscathed and I'm ready to keep pushing forward and trying to win a job."
Beimel, 34, has spent 11 seasons in the big leagues and signed a Minor League contract with Texas this winter after being released by the Pirates. He pitched 35 games for Pittsburgh last year, going 1-1 with a 5.33 ERA.
The left-hander has battled elbow stiffness early during camp, and wanted to take extra care not to rush a comeback before throwing Thursday against the White Sox. He threw 12 pitches (nine strikes) to the minimum three batters in his one inning, striking out one.
"That was Beimel's first time in competition, so we'll see as we move forward how he does," manager Ron Washington said. "We'll get him in some different situations. But he went out there and did what he had to do -- get through his inning."