Smolinski not ready, but Soto close

Smolinski not ready, but Soto close

CHICAGO -- The Rangers did not expect outfielder Jake Smolinski to be out long when he fouled a pitch off his left foot on July 21. The original diagnosis was just a bad bruise. But Smolinski is actually dealing with a cracked bone and is not coming off the disabled list when he is eligible on Wednesday.

Instead he is still in Arlington doing treatment and rehab, and is limited in his baseball activities.

"He'll need more time," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "He's making progress but we want to make sure he's not in harm's way."

Catcher Geovany Soto, who is also on the disabled list with a strained right groin muscle, is also eligible to be activated on Wednesday. But the Rangers will wait until Friday when they play in Houston. Soto is currently on medical rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock.

Soto is 5-for-12 with a home run in five games. The last step is for him to catch nine innings and then he'll be ready to be activated.

The Rangers are also expecting Chris Gimenez to return from paternity leave on Thursday. That's two catchers they have to activate and they don't have room for both unless they option either outfielder Daniel Robertson or Jim Adduci back to Triple-A.

"We have a few decisions on the horizon," Levine said.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for 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.