Bullpen nearing full strength for road trip

Bullpen nearing full strength for road trip

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' bullpen, depleted the last few days, is closer to being back at full strength heading into this week's road trip to Anaheim and Seattle.

Closer Joe Nathan was available Sunday, though he said before the game that he got the sense manager Ron Washington would like to give him two more days of rest, if possible, with Monday being an off-day. Nathan has been dealing with a "dead arm" period and hasn't pitched since blowing a save Thursday against Cleveland.

"They seem to like to do that around here," Nathan said of easing players back into action.

Setup man Mike Adams, dealing with a tight trapezius muscle, was not available Sunday but should be ready to go Tuesday against the Angels. Adams hasn't pitched since Tuesday. Left-handed reliever Robbie Ross (left forearm strain) was ready to go Sunday after a 30-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

Koji Uehara, Michael Kirkman and Alexei Ogando all were ready to go despite heavy use in the last few days with Nathan and Adams out.