Alex Rios (oblique) and Geovany Soto (foot) are both candidates to return to the Rangers' lineup on Saturday, according to skipper Ron Washington.
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Rios has been shelved since early this month with his oblique injury. Usually an ailment that costs players 15 days during the regular season, it's nice to see Rios progressing in this manner. Soto, meanwhile, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left foot in late February. He's been shooting to return on Saturday since last weekend.
Marlins optioned C J.T. Realmuto, OF Brent Keys, LHP Grant Dayton, RHPs Angel Sanchez and Jose Urena to Double-A Jacksonville; optioned OF Kyle Jensen and RHP Michael Brady to Triple-A New Orleans.
Realmuto is coming off a disappointing year on the farm but could be the catcher of the future. Keys, on the other hand, had a dream season in 2013, slashing .341/.415/.390 between two levels. He doesn't have any power, but could someday earn a big league gig. Brady had a 1.53 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and a 55/9 K/BB ratio over 53 innings at Double-A last season. Dayton boasts a 2.42 ERA with 269 strikeouts across 212 1/3 career minor league innings. Sanchez made 25 starts over three levels last year, collecting a 4.11 ERA over 131 1/3 innings. Urena has some of the best upside in the system and held a 3.73 ERA with 107 strikeouts over 149 2/3 frames at Jupiter last year.