09/12/2003 10:11 PM ET
Notes: R-Rod slowly recovers
Rangers honor policemen, firefighters on Friday
ARLINGTON -- Add injured starter Ricardo Rodriguez to the list of pitching candidates the Rangers will have to take a hard look at during the offseason and entering the 2004 campaign.
But Rodriguez said he still isn't exactly sure when he'll pitch again.
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
"I'm getting better slowly, but there is still some pain," Rodriguez said. "The doctor told me I'll be better three months after the surgery, and that's in October. We will see. There is still some pain there, especially on days like today and yesterday, when it rains."
Rodriguez, who was acquired as part of a trade with the Indians in July, has been on the disabled list since July 2 -- while with Cleveland -- and had surgery on Aug. 4 to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. He was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list eight days later, on Aug. 12.
"The goal now is to be completely healthy. It does not do any good to come back sooner and not be 100 percent," Rodriguez said. "When I'm healthy, I know I will be able to pitch. It's also about becoming comfortable and getting the rhythm back."
Rodriguez said he has not been approached by the club about possibly participating in the Winter Leagues, but is willing to do anything the club asks of him. In the meantime, he receives therapy along with treatment each day. He admits he is a little concerned about his inability to put too much pressure on his right leg and the fact that he has not thrown since July 4, the longest period in his career he has gone without throwing.
He added that he thinks it will take him a month to get his arm back in throwing shape once he begins throwing on a consistent basis. He is confident he will face hitters before the start of Spring Training in February.
Firefighters/Police Officers Appreciation Night: The Rangers began their seventh annual Firefighters and Police Officers Appreciation Night with a pregame ceremony on Friday at The Ballpark in Arlington.
Six counties and 45 cities were represented with their respective Deputy Sheriffs, Police Officers or Firefighters of the Year, along with four special honorees from New York City.
The Arlington Police Department presented the colors and the Arlington Fire Department Trio performed the National Anthem. Several Police Officers of the Year and Firefighters of the Year threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Around the horn:
Alex Rodriguez entered Friday's game with 339 home runs at shortstop, six shy of the all-time record of 345 home runs at the position, held by Cal Ripken. Ripken played in 2,303 games at shortstop. Rodriguez has played in 1,252 games at the position. ... Wrestling legend The Rock and Seann William Scott, stars of the new movie "The Rundown," will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Monday, Sept. 15 vs. the Mariners at The Ballpark in Arlington. ... Minor league pitching coordinator Lee Tunnell will be an extra bench coach for the next several days. ... Joaquin Benoit is bothered by a strained muscle in his right shoulder and is day-to-day. He is showing improvement.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for
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