ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are not expecting to trade for right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey, who was designated for assignment by the Mets on Saturday.The Rangers discussed the possibility internally, and there are those in the organization who have a high opinion of Harvey. Assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen had a
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are not expecting to trade for right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey, who was designated for assignment by the Mets on Saturday.
The Rangers discussed the possibility internally, and there are those in the organization who have a high opinion of Harvey. Assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen had a strong working relationship with Harvey during his time as the Mets' pitching coach.
But sources said the Rangers aren't working on a trade for him at this point and don't have any plans to do so going forward. The Rangers also aren't expected to claim him off waivers if it comes to that. Claiming him off waivers would require the Rangers to pick up the remaining $4.43 million of his salary.
Earlier Monday, MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported the Rangers had mild interest in Harvey, but general manager Jon Daniels, in an interview on the Rangers' flagship station 105.3 The Fan, indicated that the club was not expecting to trade for Harvey.
The Rangers might revisit the situation if Harvey clears waivers and becomes a free agent. At that point, the Rangers might be willing to work out a deal with Harvey if he was willing to go to the Minor Leagues and try to fix his pitching issues.
Harvey is a former All-Star who won 13 games for the Mets in 2015, the year they went to the World Series. But he was designated for assignment after going 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in four starts and four relief appearances this year. He also refused a Minor League assignment from the Mets.
Beltre, Odor get early work
Third baseman Adrian Beltre did some light jogging on the field early Monday afternoon to test his strained left hamstring. There is still no timetable on when Beltre will return, but it could be sometime on the next road trip to Houston, Seattle and Chicago.
"I'm getting better. I'm moving forward," Beltre said. "It's still a work in progress."
Beltre is not expected to go on a rehabilitation assignment. He will continue to work out with the team until he feels ready to return to the lineup. He has been sidelined since April 24 with a Grade 1 strain, which is considered mild.
"When I feel good enough, I'll be there," Beltre said. "I'm not putting a date on that."
Meanwhile, the Rangers could get Odor back as soon as Friday. He has been sidelined since April 9 with a strained left hamstring but already has played two games on a rehab assignment.
Odor was a designated hitter Saturday at Double-A Frisco, then played five innings at second base Sunday. He was 1-for-5 with a double and a walk in the two games.
Odor worked out with the Rangers before Monday's game, then will join Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday to resume his rehab assignment. One possibility is playing Tuesday and Wednesday, getting the day off Thursday, then being activated Friday when the Rangers open a three-game series in Houston.
"Rougned feels good," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "No real soreness to speak of, other than the normal back-on-the-field soreness."
• Catcher Juan Centeno has cleared outright waivers and accepted an assignment to Round Rock. He was designated for assignment last Thursday to make room for catcher Carlos Perez.
• Drew Robinson, who was penciled in to start at second base, was scratched from Monday's lineup with soreness in his left hip. The Rangers moved Isiah Kiner-Falefa from third to second base and inserted Renato Nunez into the lineup.
• The Rangers have acquired Minor League right-handed pitcher Emmanuel Clase from the Padres to complete an earlier trade that involved catcher Brett Nicholas heading to San Diego. Clase, 20, was 2-4 with a 5.30 ERA in six starts and three relief appearances for the Arizona Padres Rookie League team. He averaged 10.6 strikeouts and 5.6 walks per nine innings. He has been assigned to extended spring camp.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.