• Craig Gentry's left hamstring ailment is progressing, and the center fielder said he could be in the lineup if it were the regular season. Instead, he'll spend at least another day on the bench. He went through routine outfield drills and batting practice in the cage before Thursday's game against the Indians.
Gentry is in competition with Leonys Martin and Julio Borbon for the club's starting center field spot.
"The more I got to play last year, the better I did," Gentry said. "I know if I get a chance to get in there and I can get repetition offensively, then I definitely feel good about my chances."
• A deadline on whether Engel Beltre will be able to play for Spain in the World Baseball Classic is coming soon, assistant general manager Thad Levine said. Beltre has a strained shoulder muscle that has kept him out of camp, and the Rangers are worried about throwing him directly into nine-inning action.
• Reliever Yoshinori Tateyama was scratched from Thursday's game against Cleveland because of lower-back stiffness. He will be shut down the next couple days and then re-evaluated. Righty Josh Lindblom, acquired from Philadelphia in the Michael Young trade, slid into his spot and pitched a scoreless fifth inning.
• Tanner Scheppers, who has been battling a strained left hamstring, felt fine after his bullpen session on Wednesday and is slated to throw another Friday.