Fernando Rodriguez (elbow) threw a successful simulated game on Friday.
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Rodriguez noted that he was pleased with the results on Friday, though the A's maintain that he likely won't appear in a live game during the Cactus League season. The 29-year-old hurler missed the entire 2013 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He's expected to be a bullpen option for the A's early in the regular season.
Derek Norris (back) reported improvement on Saturday, but still remains unlikely to return to the Athletics lineup until Monday.
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Norris has been dealing with back spasms, which forced him out of Friday's lineup. A few days of rest should be enough to cure what ails the A's backstop, who enters the 2014 season as their primary option behind the dish.
Alex Rios will miss his fifth consecutive game on Saturday due to a strained oblique.
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Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said Saturday that the team is simply playing it cautiously with Rios, and that if it were the regular season he would likely be playing. Still, it's a situation that's worth monitoring as oblique strains can tend to linger and reoccur throughout the season.