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Buzz: Julio Borbon prepared for probable demotion

4/8/2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Outfielder Julio Borbon is prepared for the possibility of leaving the Rangers on Tuesday when pitcher Nick Tepesch is called up from Triple-A Round Rock to start against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Borbon was resigned to the idea Monday. Borbon is out of options, so the Rangers will have 10 days to outright, release or trade the 27-year center fielder if they designate him for assignment.

"Tomorrow we have moves," Borbon said. "It's a matter of seeing where they go with it. I've enjoyed the fact that I'm here."

Borbon's agent, Scott Boras, said last week when he was in Arlington for the announcement of shortstop Elvis Andrus' contract extension that he had been talking to three or four teams that were interested in Borbon.

Borbon has played parts of three seasons for the Rangers, including a career-high 137 games in 2010, the first year the club made it to the World Series. Borbon played in eight postseason games, including getting two at-bats against the San Francisco Giants, and batted .111. He played the entire season in 2012 at Round Rock.

Borbon has been a great teammate and hasn't complained once, manager Ron Washington said.

"He was climbing up a slippery slope," Washington said. "He's a class act. He came in with his back so far up against the wall. He came off without any blood. You have to give him credit."

Borbon has had one at-bat in six games and has scored a run.

Other Rangers notes:

Darvish update: Washington's said pitcher Yu Darvish's blister on his right ring finger wasn't as serious against the Los Angeles Angels as it was in his first start against Houston. Darvish is on schedule to start Friday at Seattle.

"It's not something that's going to be an issue every time he takes the ball," Washington said.

Tepesch set for debut: Washington said he has already talked to Tepesch about his debut and won't say much more before Tepesch takes the mound Tuesday.

"I'll tell him good luck and maybe whisper a few things in his ear," Washington said.

Berkman in the field: Just six games into the season, Washington said it's too soon for Lance Berkman to get his first game in the field. The day will come when the manager needs to rest one of his regulars, but the Rangers have already had two off days. Berkman is coming back from two knee surgeries.

Bullpen going strong: The Rangers' bullpen, a question mark after being rebuilt in the offseason, has been a pleasant surprise. Rangers relievers have a 2.35 ERA through 15 1/3 innings and have combined for 16 strikeouts and three walks.