McClellan cuts bullpen session short with pain

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Kyle McClellan, who is trying to recover from shoulder surgery and win a spot in the rotation, tried to throw in the bullpen on Sunday. The session did not go well as McClellan had to cut it short with more pain in the muscles behind his right shoulder.

McClellan, who had surgery July 10 and hasn't pitched in a game since May 17, has been bothered by the soreness for the past week. The soreness came up after he pitched two live batting practice sessions early in camp without any problems.

"I still felt it so we just shut it down early," McClellan said. "There's no sense banging on it if it's not getting any better. We'll keep getting treatment but there is nothing we can do. The body has to fix it. We're on my body's time schedule."

McClellan spent five seasons with the Cardinals, mainly as a reliever. But he did start 17 games for the Cardinals in 2011 and the Rangers are going to look at him in that role. However, this setback is not a good way to start the competition, even though the Rangers have played just three of 38 exhibition games.

"I can't sit here and say I'm excited about it," McClellan said. "It's not where I want it to be but we've got time. I'm confident we can get this thing turned around and get going."

McClellan is not the only pitcher falling behind. Wilmer Font remains confined to throwing on the side while dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder. Font pitched in three games for the Rangers at the end of last season and is a candidate for the bullpen.