Zach Duke, Tony Sanchez ailing


ARLINGTON, Texas — Left-hander Zach Duke (elbow pain) is “coming along a little slower than anticipated,” according to manager John Russell, and might not throw his scheduled side Wednesday.

If Duke cannot make his bullpen session, he likely be end up on the disabled list. A similar injury shelved Duke for 2 1/2 months in 2007.

Here’s the good news: GM Neal Huntington said that “all indications are there’s just some muscle fatigue” and no structural damage.

If Duke is out, candidates to make a spot start Saturday would be Daniel McCutchen, Charlie Morton, Dana Eveland and Brian Burres. McCutchen would line up perfectly to pitch Saturday.

• Earlier today, Class A Bradenton catcher Tony Sanchez was hit in the face by a pitch — the second time in two weeks he’s been plunked in the head. A CT scan showed two small, possible fractures. The scans will be reviewed by a specialist. Sanchez will be out at least a couple of days and will be monitored for concussion symptoms.

• Bradenton shortstop Brock Holt will have surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee, and is out for the season. During the surgery, doctors will determine the extent of damage to Holt’s MCL.

• Relievers Neal Cotts (right hip surgery) and Tyler Yates (elbow surgery) recently had setbacks during their rehabs and are out for the rest of the season. Jose Ascanio (shoulder) is making a slower-than-expected return, and might begin a rehab assignment in late-July.

• Jeremy Farrell (left leg bruise) is on the DL at Bradenton.