Day Three in the Sonora Desert
Moment of the Day: The Alex Rodriguez press conference was on television in the Rangers clubhouse when Eddie Guardado turned it off. Said Guardado, “We don’t need to watch that.”
Arias joins workout: Infielder Joaquin Arias joined the workouts on Tuesday and said he’s able to make the throw from shortstop and third base. If so, he could contend for a utility infield spot. He has spent the past two seasons trying to come back from a shoulder injury and last year his lack of arm strength limited him to second base. He was once a standout defensive shorstop but he has since been passed by Elvis Andrus on the deoth chart.
Roll call: Everybody is in camp except infielders Omar Vizquel and Jose Vallejo. The first full-squad workout is not until Thursday but those are the only two missing. Vizquel is expected on time. Vallejo, coming from the Dominican Republic, was having trouble getting his wife’s travel done but is not expected to be more than a day late.
Lesson of the day: Pitchers worked with their catchers on locating wild pitches and passed balls. If the ball bounces toward the third base dugout, the pitcher yells, “three, three, three.” If it goes toward the first base dugout, the pitcher yells, “one, one, one.” Straight back? The pitcher yels “straight back, straight back.”
Not to difficult except Eddie Guardado yelled “three, three, three” on a ball toward the first base dugout and his catcher went the wrong way.
Said Guardado, “Too much Red Bull.”
He said it: