"I'll be fine," Smolinski said. "But it's always frustrating to not be on the field with your teammates. I'm just trying to stay positive and control everything I can control right now, and do my best to get back out there."
Catcher Geovany Soto, who is on the disabled list with a strained right groin muscle, is also eligible to come off the disabled list next Wednesday. The Rangers may wait until the following Friday in Houston, but Soto appears to be making a quick recovery and could join Triple-A Round Rock on medical rehab assignment as early as Friday.
"I have been healing pretty quick," Soto said. "I have been feeling better and better every day, and the treatment has been good. Turns out it really wasn't that bad. I had a few days off and started coming back fairly quick."
Both Soto and Smolinski were injured in the Rangers' 4-2 victory over the Yankees on July 21 in New York.
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.