Baker is day to day with bruised knee

Baker is day to day with bruised knee

ANAHEIM -- The Angels started left-hander Michael Roth against the Rangers, but Jeff Baker was out of the lineup with a bruised right knee. Baker, the Rangers' right-handed-hitting utility player, has been playing against left-handed pitching but is still dealing with some swelling.

Baker had X-rays taken on Wednesday, and they were negative, meaning no structural damage. The Rangers see no need to put him on the disabled list and expect him to be able to play sometime this weekend during their four-game series with the Twins.

"It feels better," Baker said. "It's still a little stiff and swollen up. But once the swelling goes down and if I can get it to where it doesn't affect me or my swing, I should be out there soon."

Baker injured the knee making a terrific sliding catch down the left-field line in the first inning of Tuesday's game against the Angels. Baker made the catch in fair territory and then slid hard against the wall, catching the knee in the small opening between the warning track and the padding on the wall.

"I was a little concerned last night because it stiffened up quickly," Baker said. "But it's just bruised."

The catch was ranked No. 9 on SportsCenter's top 10 plays of the day.

"That's nice," Baker said. "I was wondering why I got so many text messages on my phone. But I would have rather stayed in the game."

He had to come out of the game but received a nice ovation from the fans at Angel Stadium.

"That was actually cool," Baker said. "It's cool when the crowd appreciates that you play hard. On the road they're not cheering for you but when they see you play hard and give a good effort, it's nice they appreciate it."

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.