Hunter's return to mound delayed

Hunter's return to mound delayed

ARLINGTON -- Tommy Hunter, who is on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle in his left rib cage, has started throwing again in Surprise, Ariz., but his return to the mound has been delayed.

The Rangers were hoping that Hunter would start throwing off a mound on Monday, but they are going to wait until Wednesday. Hunter felt what was described as a "pinch" in his side, and the Rangers are going to hold him back a couple of days.

"It's not a setback, but we're going to be as prudent as possible while he's on rehab," assistant general manager Thad Levine said.

Hunter was supposed to be in the Rangers' rotation to start the season but injured himself in mid-March while warming up for a game. He has been sidelined for 3 1/2 weeks. He's unlikely to be an option at the Major League level until sometime in May at the earliest.