TEX@SD: Profar blasts a grand slam to right field

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Second baseman Jurickson Profar was back in camp on Saturday, two days after having four wisdom teeth removed. Profar did some light hitting and throwing on Saturday and will continue to increase the intensity of his activities the next few days.

"I'm good … I'm better," Profar said. "They told me five days but I hit today…threw a little bit. Tomorrow I'm going to try to do everything."

The Rangers are still waiting to see him make cutoff and relay throws from the outfield, which has nothing to do with dental work but is the final test for his right shoulder. Profar has been limited to designated hitter duty this spring because of tendinitis in the shoulder but should be ready to play the field once he shows he can make cutoffs and relays.

Profar said that will give him enough time to be ready for Opening Day against the Phillies on March 31.

"Sure … no doubt," Profar said.

Third baseman Adrian Beltre was out of the lineup for the second straight game with tightness in his left quad muscle. Beltre had to come out of Thursday's game against the Giants when the muscle tightened up on him but the injury is not considered serious at this point.

"It's us holding back the reins more than he is," assistant general manager Thad Levine said.

Beltre was able to take batting practice on Saturday but is limited in his running. He might be able to be used at designated hitter in the next day or two but his return to the field is unknown.

"Hitting is not a problem," Beltre said. "It's pretty much running."

With Beltre sidelined, the Rangers took Minor League third baseman Joey Gallo to Phoenix for their game against the Athletics. Gallo, who is not in Major League camp, batted fourth in the starting lineup.

Gallo was at Class A Hickory last season and hit .245 with 38 home runs, 78 RBI and a .610 slugging percentage in 106 games. He also had two home runs on a rehab assignment with the Rookie League Arizona Rangers, giving him 40 for the season, the most in the Minor Leagues.

Martin, Beltre get extra work

Catching Up with Leonys Martin

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Leonys Martin has four hits in 22 at-bats over his first 11 Cactus League games. So the Rangers took him out of their Cactus League lineup on Saturday and sent him to the Minor Leagues for a couple of days.

The plan was for Martin to spend Saturday in Peoria where the Rangers Triple-A and Double-A teams were playing the Mariners affiliates. Engel Beltre joined him. The idea was for them to lead off every inning and get nine at-bats rather than just 2-3 in a Cactus League game.

"We're just trying to get them some at-bats over the next few days," manager Ron Washington said. "Let them pile up some at-bats and speed them up a little bit."

Beltre was hitting .333 with seven singles in 21 at-bats. He is out of options and must make the Opening Day roster or be exposed to outright waivers before he can be sent to the Minors.

Michael Choice, who was batting fifth against the Athletics on Saturday, has had the best spring of any Rangers outfielder. He went into Saturday hitting .364 (12-for-33) with three doubles, a triple and a home run. So far there are no indications he could take the center field job away from Martin. But the Rangers do want to get Martin going at the plate.

"I'm feeling better about taking more pitches," Martin said. "But I don't feel comfortable in my swing and my timing. That's what I'm working on. Nothing bad. There are two weeks to Opening Day. That's enough to be ready."

Reliever Bard getting ready for mound

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Daniel Bard, who is in camp on a Minor League contract, could take a significant step this week in his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Bard, who has been on a throwing program and currently long-tossing at 120 feet, is hoping to begin throwing off a mound at some point this coming week.

"It's not set yet, hopefully Wednesday or Friday," Bard said. "So far it has been good progress going forward. Sometimes it slower than other times but there have been no setbacks."

Bard had the surgery on January 2 and will likely not be an option until sometime later this summer. But as a setup reliever for the Red Sox in 2009-11 -- before he started having arm problems -- Bard appeared in 192 games, had a 2.88 ERA, held opponents to a .190 average and struck out 213 batters in 197 innings.

Worth noting

• Pitcher Nate Adcock is expected to return to Arizona on Sunday to begin his rehab after undergoing Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery on Thursday.

• Pitcher Robbie Ross, on throwing five scoreless innings against the Reds on Friday night: "I felt good. I felt like I went out there and got over the first inning jitters. It was kind of comforting that way."

• Left-handed hitters are 1-for-7 off Ross this spring as he has been more effective in getting the ball inside on them. They hit .341 off him last year.

Jason Frasor, Neal Cotts and Pedro Figueroa all pitched in Minor League games on Saturday to get the work in because Colby Lewis and Nick Tepesch were shooting for a combined seven innings in the Cactus League game against the Athletics.

Matt Harrison will pitch two innings in his Cactus League debut on Monday. Joe Saunders will follow in a night games against the Royals.