Outfielder Norichika Aoki is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Northwest Arkansas Monday night in Springdale.
Aoki will likely need a few games to rehab and it's not yet known as to whether they'll start him in Arkansas and move him up to Omaha or if he's just going to rehab in Double-A for convenience sake. He is eligible to return July 10.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Ryan Ludwick has been told he will not make the Rangers.
Ludwick is considering his options at the moment, which include going down to Triple-A until the big league club needs his services, or requesting a release and looking for another team that can offer him a spot on the 25-man roster. No matter what happens, though, he is not going to be fantasy relevant. Ludwick's calling card is power, but he last hit over 20 home runs in 2012 with 26 (and before that was in 2009), and the now-36 year old is only losing power potential at this point. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Brady Aiken announced Thursday that he had Tommy John surgery.
This is unfortunate for Aiken as he now probably wishes that he signed with the Astros last summer after being the number one pick in last year's draft. Instead, he suffered an arm injury last week and will now be on the shelf for the next year. He still has a high ceiling, but his overall value is definitely diminished at this point. Analysis: David Kerr