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No batting practice for pitchers this weekend


SEATTLE -- Rangers pitchers will have to hit next week during their three-game series with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. But manager Ron Washington isn't planning on them taking batting practice this weekend in Seattle.

High temperatures this weekend are expected in the low 50s. Washington doesn't want his pitchers messing around in the batting cages and pulling a muscle in the cold weather.

"They're going to have to go into Chicago and get it done off of what they've already done in Spring Training," Washington said. "I'm hoping to keep them in a bunting mode."

The weather forecast for Chicago isn't good for the three-game series that starts on Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s and 50s, and there is a good chance of rain all three days.

The Rangers suffered a major injury last season when Alexi Ogando strained a groin muscle beating out a bunt hit in a game against the Giants. He was on the disabled list from June 11 to July 16.

If the Rangers stay in rotation, their three starters for the Cubs series are Derek Holland, Justin Grimm and Yu Darvish. But the Rangers are off on Monday and they could use that to push Grimm back in the rotation. That would mean Holland, Darvish and Ogando against the Cubs.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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