Day 4…Rangers not interested in Felipe Lopez

Day 4 in Surprise…

Felipe Lopez: The Rangers are not interested in free agent infielder Felipe Lopez as an alternative to Khalil Greene. Club officials said the Rangers will try to address their utility infielder situation internally. There is a possibility that they could look at infield options at the end of Spring Training but right now they want to evaluate what they have in camp, including Joaquin Arias and Ray Olmedo.

Club officials don’t see Lopez as being the right fit for the role they have right now, although their scouts will be looking in other camps for players who might be what they need.

Arias could be the right guy. The Rangers still need to see how strong his shoulder is after three years of physical issues. They know his arm is not as strong as it was before a 2007 Spring Training injury but they are hoping it could be adequate for their purposes.

Derek Holland: The left-handed pitcher is sidelined with a sprained right knee and had his long-awaited MRI on Monday. The Rangers expect to get the results on Tuesday and find out what they are dealing with.

Endy Chavez: Outfielder Endy Chavez is in camp but is not a candidate for the Rangers Opening Day roster. Chavez, who played for the Mariners last year, has proven in his career that he can be a valuable fourth outfielder but he is still recovering from knee surgery to repair a torn ACL.

The injury occured on June 19 in a game against the Diamondbacks when he collided with shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.

“It was a tough pop-up,” Chavez said. “Nobody called it. It was between us and I never thought he was going to get that far in left field. I was about to catch it and I saw him in front of me. I said, ‘Uh, oh.’ I couldn’t get out of the way. I got ready for a collision. I thought he was going to hit me in the shoulder but the next thing I know, he flipped me.”

Chavez is hoping to be ready to play sometime in May.

Geoff Geary: Geoff Geary, a right-handed reliever, is 33, he has pitched in 287 Major League games and he has had some pretty good seasons.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gearyge01.shtml

He was 7-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 81 games for the Phillies in 2006 and he was 2-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 55 games for the Astros in 2008.

In most years, the Rangers would have killed to have a reliever with his record in their camp. Instead he comes into camp on a Minor League contract and is no more than a long shot to make the team.

Where was he when the Rangers really needed him?

“My goal is just to get as strong as I can and do what I need to do on the mound,” Geary said. “I just want to be strong with my mind and body and do all the small things I need to do to be a professional.”

Geary was available because after going through some physical issues last season. He had off-season surgery to repair a torn groin muscle and then strained his shoulder during the season. He ended up with an 8.10 ERA in 16 relief appearances for the Astros.

But the guy in the past has shown he can pitch. He also wants to play. He was one of the first players signed by the Rangers last off-season.

“I wasn’t going to wait,” Geary said. “I wanted to show teams I meant business.”

He said it

“We have a bunch of quiet pitchers. This has been a boring camp. Once we get all the position players get here – they’re loud and boisterous – that will liven it up. We should set up some pews in here (in the clubhouse) for the pitchers.”

Pitcher Brandon McCarthy

Weather: More rain cut short the Rangers PFP drills on Monday. They did their throwing in the batting cages but didn’t have to worry about working on covering home plate in event of a passed ball. That was on the agenda for Monday.

 

1 Comment

I think this is wise by the Rangers. Texas can’t justify a signing of a couple million for a guy like Lopez because the bats simply won’t be there. Andrus is expected to play in at least 150 games at SS and you would have to think that Young will get at least 155 games at third. That leaves roughly 19 games open. Even if you add 5 games from Kinsler then that’s still under 25 games. If someone were to get injured then maybe this changes things but right now I think you stand pat. Let’s not sugarcoat this though, the loss of Greene is a significant one. He was going to be the “Mark DeRosa” type where he could fill in at first if need be. Now it’s time for Arias to win the UTL spot and the Rangers have to consider a trade for Lowell again. One thing I wouldn’t be shocked to see is that the Rangers engage talks with Dye as a backup first baseman/outfielder. If the price continues to fall and work is not available then it’s a move that might make some sense.

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