Day 4 in the Sonora Desert…The Big Story
Big Story: Marlon Byrd did some sprints for the first time in camp and pronounced himself 75 percent healthy.
“Of course my 75 percent is better than everybody else’s 75 percent,” Byrd joked.
Byrd had microfracture surgery on his left knee in October and is still not at full strength. He still has plenty of time to get there but this is still one of the more intriguing issues early in camp. If Byrd takes longer than expected to recover from surgery, it could alter the Rangers outfield plans.
Lesson of the Day: Rangers hitters spent about 20-30 minutes each hitting off the curveball machine on the Nolan Ryan Field. Andruw Jones got a hold of one pitch and blasted it over the Batter’s Eye Fence in dead center field. It’s 400 feet to dead center on the Ryan Field and the Batter’s Eye is about 50 feet high or more.
First full-squad workout: The Rangers will have their first full-squad workout on Thursday, although Omar Vizquel and Jose Vallejo are the only two players not in camp yet. Vizquel is expected on Thursday for sure. Vallejo remains an unknown. Manager Ron Washington is planning to talk to his team but it won’t be a major speech.
“It will be short and to the point,” Washington said. “You can talk all day long but that’s not going to get it done. You have to get it done on the field.”
He said it:
“Everybody’s at fault. The man at the top says don’t blame me, that’s interesting. There is blame to be shared all around. The only way the game is to move forward is if we stop testing positive. Do that and the game will be clean.”
Shortstop Michael Young on basebal’s steroid problems.