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Jones working way back to Rangers

Jones working way back to Rangers

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have made some of their September callups, but there is still at least one more move to make next week.

The Rangers are still trying to get Andruw Jones back on the active roster. Jones has been the Rangers' right-handed designated hitter for much of the season, but is on the disabled list with a torn left hamstring muscle.

The Rangers could have used him in the first three games of their series against the Blue Jays. Toronto started three left-handers against them. Instead, Jones has been assigned to Double-A Frisco on a rehab assignment.

Jones began the assignment on Monday night and went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout and grounded into a double play.

"He'll play at least a couple of more games, and then be re-evaluated," general manager Jon Daniels said.

Jones also played first base. Jones' hamstring problems had been limiting him to designated hitter duty. He had played the field just twice since the beginning of July. His only start at first base for the Rangers was on May 22 against the Astros in Houston.

Jones is hitting .217 with 17 home runs and 41 RBIs in 74 games and 253 at-bats this season. He is hitting .151 (8-for-53) with no home runs and four RBIs in his last 16 games for the Rangers.

Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Tommy Hunter (6-3, 2.95 ERA)
After going 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA in July, Hunter went 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA in six starts in August. He had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to the Twins on Friday. He is 4-2 with a 3.54 ERA in seven starts at home this season. Left-handers are hitting .274 off Hunter, while right-handed hitters are batting .185. Opponents are hitting .141 off him with runners in scoring position. Hunter's only appearance against the Blue Jays was in his Major League debut, last Aug. 1, when he allowed six runs in five innings. The Rangers came back and won, 9-8.

TOR: RHP Scott Richmond (6-7, 4.32 ERA)
Richmond matched a career high by yielding nine hits over five innings of five-run ball on Friday against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 29-year-old right-hander struck out six in the 111-pitch outing, but could not hold a pair of multirun leads. In one career start against the Rangers, Richmond allowed two runs in six frames.

Tidbits
Outfielder Kevin Thompson has agreed to a Minor League contract and been assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. ... Thompson, 29, batted .238 (10-42) with one home run and four RBIs over 14 games with the Fort Worth Cats after signing with the club on August 14. ... Michael Young's error in Monday's game ended a streak of 32 straight games without an error. ... The Howard Green Metroplex College Player of the Year Award will be presented to pitcher/outfielder Matt Otterman of UT Arlington, in a pregame ceremony on Wednesday. ... Adam Lind had eight RBIs for the Blue Jays on Monday. The last Rangers opponent to do that was Bill Mueller of the Red Sox on July 29, 2003, when he hit two grand slams.

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Up next
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Rangers (Scott Feldman, 14-4, 3.72) at Orioles (Chris Tillman, 1-2, 4.24), 6:05 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Rangers (TBD) at Orioles (Brian Matusz, 3-2, 5.28), 3:10 p.m. CT

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

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