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Injuries leave Rangers without regulars

Injuries leave Rangers without regulars

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers were without both Milton Bradley and Marlon Byrd for the start of Saturday's game with the Red Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Bradley is sidelined with soreness in his left wrist and Byrd is out with a sprained left thumb. Both are listed as day-to-day.

Bradley was in the original lineup, but was scratched before the game. Rangers officials said he is available to pinch-hit. It's the 36th time he has not been in the starting lineup this season because of a variety of injuries.

He entered the game leading the American League with a .446 on-base percentage, while sitting second with a .327 batting average and a .583 slugging percentage. He has 470 plate appearances and will need 502 at the end of the season to qualify for the batting title. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went into Saturday's game leading the league with a .332 average, while Alex Rodriguez led with a .596 slugging percentage.

Byrd sprained his thumb trying to make a diving catch in the first inning of Friday's game against the Red Sox. There was some improvement and reduced swelling on Saturday, but not enough to get him back in the lineup.

"If it feels better tomorrow, I'll be ready to go," Byrd said before Saturday's game. "But I can't go with it the way it feels right now."

The Rangers were left on Saturday with just four players in their lineup on Saturday who were in the original Opening Day lineup: shortstop Michael Young, center fielder Josh Hamilton, catcher Gerald Laird and Hank Blalock, who started the season at third base, but has since moved to first.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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