Rangers getting past flu outbreak

Rangers getting past flu outbreak

KANSAS CITY -- Vicente Padilla, who is dealing with the swine flu, had another extensive workout at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, just one piece of evidence that the Rangers are getting their flu outbreak under control.

A number of Rangers players have been dealing with the flu all week, but so far Padilla is the only one who has tested positive for H1N1 Type A influenza, commonly known as swine flu. The Rangers are still waiting on tests on other players, but for the most part, the club is hoping they are on the downhill slope of the problem.

"If anything, symptoms continue to abate and guys are getting better," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "Most guys are recuperating. We still have some low-energy guys, but the worst of the symptoms -- fever, coughing, congestion, headaches and bodyaches -- are abating. The medical staff has done a great job of nipping this in the bud. We have been aggressive in medicating people when the symptoms arise."

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia appears to be the worst case right now, and he was out of the lineup for the second straight day on Saturday. He was available to play and tried to talk his way into the starting lineup, but it didn't work.

"My energy is better, but my throat and lungs still hurt pretty good," Saltalamacchia said. "It's better to take one more day. Sometimes you play better when you're feeling bad, and that's what I told them, but they're looking out for my best interests."

Padilla played long toss in the outfield and then did his running on Saturday before the game. Padilla said he is feeling better and pitching coach Mike Maddux still expects Padilla to take the mound on Tuesday against the Tigers. Padilla was scratched on Wednesday because of the flu and found out on Friday that it was the swine flu.

"A lot has been made of this because of the label placed on it," Levine said. "In practice, we wouldn't treat this any different than we have treated it. By all indications, guys are healing as quickly as they would with the normal strain of flu."

Omar Vizquel had the flu earlier this week but was back in the lineup on Saturday. Elvis Andrus was given the night off, but he has not been stricken by the flu. Eddie Guardado, who was hit hard by it earlier in the week, was considered "available" in the bullpen again.

"He's a little louder in the clubhouse, so Eddie must be all right," manager Ron Washington said. "Yesterday he was subdued. Today he's being the fool, so he must have his energy back."

Despite the outbreak, the Rangers still went into Saturday's game against the Royals with a five-game winning streak.

"We've been resilient in the way we continue to put bodies on the field," Washington said. "It hasn't influenced us to the point where we feel weak."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.