Last Call from the Desert…Viva Las Vegas
“You can roll out of bed and throw 30 to 40 pitches if you’re a starting pitcher. It’s not that hard. But once you get to 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, that’s when you have to start making adjustments throughout the game. And as your body gets a little tired or your stuff degrades and it’s not as sharp, then other pitches might actually get better — like the changeup might get better, the curveball might get better — just with repetition and feel.”
Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson
The Rangers are taking Joey Gallo as an extra player on their road trip to Las Vegas. Gallo is from the Las Vegas area and played at Bishop Gorman High before being taken with the 39th overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
The regulars on the trip include first baseman Mitch Moreland, shortstop Elvis Andrus, catcher A.J. Pierzynski and outfielders Craig Gentry and Julio Borbon. Mike Olt will also be going.
Also going of note is outfielder Zach Cone, who was the 37th overall pick in the 2010 draft.
Some right-handed relievers of note staying behind include Josh Lindblom and Evan Meek. They will follow Matt Harrison to the mound on Saturday against the Dodgers. Lindblom has had a slow start to the spring and the Rangers are concerned that his fastball is a couple of miles per hour below where it normally is.
College Baseball returns to the Ballpark in Arlington with games scheduled for Saturday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 19. Texas Wesleyan University, coached by former Rangers pitcher Mike Jeffcoat will play Northwood University, tomorrow, Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Rangers Ballpark third base ticket office with the third base gate opening at 12 noon.
On Tuesday, March 19, UT Arlington of the Western Athletic Conference meets TCU of the Big 12 Conference in a 7:00 p.m. start.