Rangers nearing completely healthy lineup

Rangers nearing completely healthy lineup

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Barring any injuries or setbacks, the Rangers could have their full projected Opening Day lineup available to them by this weekend. That means Alex Rios, Geovany Soto and Jurickson Profar all being available to play in the field.

"I would like to get these guys a chance to play together for a few games," manager Ron Washington said.

Rios has not played since March 4 because of a strained intercostal muscle in his right rib cage. Rios, who was 4-for-10 before getting hurt, is taking batting practice daily and getting close to being able to play in a game.

"I'm not 100 percent yet, but in a couple days I will be fine," Rios said. "Obviously I want to be out there trying to get ready. But I'd rather this happen now than during the season. We'll take care of it, and when it's ready to go, I'll go out there."

Soto has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on Feb. 22 to have a bone removed from his left ankle. He is catching live batting practices and is expected to play in a game by Saturday. Profar has been limited to designated hitter duty because of shoulder tendinitis but is throwing long toss at a distance of 120 feet.

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.