NEW YORK -- The Rangers are expecting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to join Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday in preparation for a medical rehabilitation assignment sometime next week. Saltalamacchia will likely just work out with the RedHawks for a couple of days before he actually starts playing in games on rehab assignment. That could be either Tuesday or Wednesday. Saltalamacchia is sidelined with stiffness in his upper back and left shoulder and is eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday. But the Rangers want him to work up to nine innings and leave no doubt that he is healthy before they consider activating him. That could be a week or longer.
"We need to see that he's healthy," manager Ron Washington said. "We'll just wait and see how it goes. We'll be in touch with them every night and see how it goes." Saltalamacchia had shoulder surgery last September and has had a number of physical setbacks since then. He had to leave winter ball after just two games in December, he was shut down twice in Spring Training because of back and shoulder problems and he went on the disabled list after just one game in the regular season. With Matt Treanor on the big league roster and playing well as the backup catcher, the Rangers are in no rush to get Saltalamacchia back.