ARLINGTON -- The Rangers expect plenty of reinforcements in the next five days when rosters are expanded for the final month, but not from outside the organization.
Saturday is the Trade Deadline for players to be acquired and still be eligible for the postseason roster, but the Rangers are not planning to be a part of the latest blitz of deals going down. The Rangers appear satisfied with Travis Blackley as their fifth starter while planning on activating four pitchers off the disabled list in the next week.
"Something could always pop up, but I'm not expecting anything," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.
The Rangers are expecting left-hander Michael Kirkman and right-handers Nick Tepesch, Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando off the disabled list in the next week. Tepesch and Kirkman are making their final Minor League appearances on Friday night. Kirkman is starting for Triple-A Round Rock and Tepesch is on the mound for Double-A Frisco.
They are expected to be activated on Sunday when the rosters expand. Feliz is also expected to be activated on Sunday, 13 months after undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. He has not allowed a run in 8 2/3 innings over six appearances with Round Rock.
"We've had very good reports … everything you want to see," Daniels said. "Command, changeup, velocity, he's pitched. Everything has ticked up. It sounds like he has made a concerted effort to pitch and not light up the radar gun."
Ogando, who has been sidelined for two weeks with inflammation in his right elbow, is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Saturday. If that goes well, there is a possibility he could pitch either for Round Rock or Frisco on Monday. Both teams end their seasons on Monday and are not going to the playoffs.
Berkman likely to return in limited role
ARLINGTON -- Lance Berkman said he is expecting to be activated on Sunday. But he will likely return in a limited role as a pinch-hitter and occasional designated hitter. He has not played in a Major League game since July 6 while dealing with inflammation in his left hip and a chronic sore right knee.
"I don't know what they're planning on doing with me," Berkman said. "I'll be here and available however they want to use me."
Berkman is used to being an everyday player, and manager Ron Washington said a limited role might be tough on him.
"It probably would, but he's got experience," Washington said. "He'll figure it out, and he'll go up there and get us a hit."
"I have 10,000 at-bats in my career," Berkman said. "I have a lot of experience. If you can't hit by now, you can't hit."
Jurickson Profar has filled in as a part-time designated hitter with Berkman out, and Washington has rotated other players through the position. Berkman was hitting .254 with six home runs and 34 RBIs in 68 games before going on the disabled list.
"The team is playing great," Berkman said. "The last thing you want to do is come in and be a detriment to the mix."
Ortiz called up to give Rangers extra southpaw
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers called up left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned right-hander Ross Wolf. The move amounts to four days off for Wolf. He is expected to be called up Tuesday when Round Rock's season ends.
The Rangers simply wanted an extra left-hander in the bullpen this weekend against the Twins and on Monday against the Athletics. This will be Ortiz's fourth time with the Rangers this season, and he is 2-1 with a 3.96 ERA in 25 games with them. Left-handers are hitting .246 off him.
Wolf threw 49 pitches over two innings on Wednesday against the Mariners and would most likely not have been available on Friday night. He is 1-3 with a 4.14 ERA in three starts and 18 relief appearances for the Rangers this season.
"Both guys have done a nice job when they've been here," Daniels said. "This gives us a chance to get an extra left-hander here this weekend."
Because Wolf was optioned, he cannot be recalled on Sunday when the rosters are expanded. He would normally have to wait 10 days, but he can come up on Tuesday because Round Rock's season is over.
• There will be a college football game on Saturday night at the nearby NFL stadium, so the Rangers are opening their parking lots at 3 p.m. at the Ballpark in Arlington. Fans are asked to show their game tickets when entering the lots.
• Class A Myrtle Beach manager Jason Wood has been named the Carolina League Manager of the Year. The Pelicans are in the playoffs for the third straight year after winning their first-half division title.
• Martin Perez's five wins this August are the most ever in one month by a Rangers rookie pitcher.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.