Rangers line up rotation for season
The Rangers came into camp planning on Rich Harden being their Opening Day pitcher. Now they have the rest of the rotation lined up as well.
Look for them to pitch in this order:
That’s the way pitching coach Mike Maddux has his rotation lined up for the rest of the spring.
Scott Feldman pitched in a Minor League game on Tuesday. Tomorrow Brandon McCarthy pitches against the Cubs in the A game while Matt Harrison pitches in a Minor League game.
Thursday is Derek Holland against the Angels with Colby Lewis in a Minor League game.
Rich Harden pitches Friday against the Angels in Tempe, C. J, Wilson pitches Saturday against the Brewers and Sunday is Feldman against the White Sox.
Then comes Harrison on Monday and Lewis on Tuesday.
Then they’ll do it one more time through the order to end Spring Training. Harden next Wednesday against the Mariners, Wilson on Thursday vs. the Reds, Feldman on Friday against the Royals in Arlington and Harrison on Saturday against the Royals in Frisco.
Lewis will likely pitch somewhere on Sunday while the Rangers are off.
The Rangers open on Monday, April 5 against the Blue Jays with Harden on the mound. Wilson and Feldman pitch the next two games against the Blue Jays and then Harrison and Lewis against the Mariners in the second series of the season.
Saltalamacchia improves, Treanor here: Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia reported some improvement with the strained muscle on the left side of his neck but is not expected to play on Wednesday against the White Sox.
He is still day-to-day with the expectation that he will be ready for the start of the season.
But catcher Matt Treanor, acquired on Monday from the Brewers, arrived on Tuesday. The Rangers were off but he spent the afternoon looking at video of Texas pitchers and watching Scott Feldman pitch in a Minor League game.
Treanor was acquired for infielder Ray Olmedo, giving the Rangers another option in case Saltalamacchia is not ready for Opening Day.
“I just want to be who I am, play my game and let things happen,” Treanor said. “Nothing is set in stone as far as a big league job. I need to do my thing, catch and throw and help the pitchers on the mound, come play hard and be a solid member of this organization.”
According to scouts, Treanor, 34, is a strong defensive catcher with excellent makeup and a good reputation for working with a pitching staff. But he has never hit well enough to earn a full-time job in the Majors. He missed almost all of last season with a torn labrum in his right hip.
Minor League cuts: The Rangers have released infielder Denny Duron, infielder Michael Hollander, Chris Matlock, catcher Billy O’Connor, John Slusarz and pitcher Glenn Swanson from Minor League camp.
Welcome Home Luncheon:There are a limited number of tickets remaining for the Welcome Home Luncheon on Friday, April 2 at the Arlington Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased at texasrangers.com or by calling 972-RANGERS. They are $50 individually or $500 for a table of ten.
The Welcome Home Luncheon is hosted in part by The Honorable Robert Cluck, Mayor of Arlington with net proceeds benefitting the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. Rangers President Nolan Ryan, General Manager Jon Daniels, Manager Ron Washington and the entire 2010 team will be in attendance.
The 2010 Luncheon will highlight the Richard Greene Scholars program, This program, initiated in 1997, provides $10,000 college scholarships to six promising Arlington high school students. The students, selected as juniors, participate in an intensive internship program in businesses and organizations in Arlington their senior year, and are given direction from community leaders and a mentor who has experience in that student’s area of interest.
To date, 66 Richard Greene Scholars have gone through the program and many have reached unbelievable heights after graduation. Scholars are living across the globe and are in positions ranging from pharmacists to doctors to attorneys to military officers to positions within the Department of Homeland Security.
The University of Texas at Arlington President James D. Spaniolo will make a special announcement about the school’s commitment to the Richard Greene Scholars program. Beginning with students enrolling in the fall of 2010, any Richard Greene Scholar who attends UT Arlington will receive a full scholarship. UT Arlington has pledged to provide the funds remaining to encourage students of this caliber to stay in Arlington and attend The University of Texas at Arlington. Former Mayor Richard Greene, and his wife, Sylvia, who are the champions of the program will also be in attendance.