Nathan, Frasor taking it slow this spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jason Frasor is on the same program as Rangers closer Joe Nathan. Because Spring Training is long this year, the Rangers are holding back their two veteran relievers and have not let them throw in a game yet.

Instead they are doing their throwing in the bullpen and in live batting-practice sessions. Nathan threw 10 minutes of live batting practice on Monday, and Frasor is expected to throw on Wednesday. The two have a combined 1,143 appearances in the Major Leagues, and the Rangers are going to bring them along slowly.

"They have been around awhile," manager Ron Washington said. "They don't need to go out there for 12-13 innings, so we're slow-pacing them."

Nathan has 618 big league relief appearances and Frasor has 525. Joakim Soria is third on the Rangers with 298 appearances. Soria, who had Tommy John surgery on April 3, threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday. He is expected back in May.