Last Call from the Desert… Julio Borbon

“It happened fast. There was a good crowd today so I gave out some souvenirs.”

Rangers pitcher Derek Lowe after giving up four home runs in Thursday’s start against the Angels.

Julio Borbon sits quietly in his corner locker waiting for the word. He is having an excellent spring but there is little chance of being with the Rangers on Opening Day.

The Rangers started Leonys Martin in center field on Thursday night against the Angels. He was out there on a night when every other Rangers regular was in the starting lineup and delivered a three-run double in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.desert

When asked if this was his Opening Day lineup, manager Ron Washington said, “It’s a good possibility.”

Borbon went into the game hitting .357 (15-for-42) in 23 games. He had drawn five walks, struck out four times and had not made an error in the field. He is also out of options so he can’t be sent to the Minor Leagues without clearing waivers.

“I don’t even know,” Borbon said. “I’m up in the air. We’re winding down to the last week and I have no idea what will happen. I’m just enjoying every game and playing as hard as I can. So far I’ve done everything I can to put myself in a good position.”

If he doesn’t make the team, the Rangers could try and trade him. They could also try to get him through waivers as they did with Nelson Cruz at the end of Spring Training in 2008.

“It’s hard to tell…I can’t sit here and try to figure anything out,” Borbon said. “Whether I’m here or there, I have to go about it the same way. I’m ready for the last phase of Spring Training. It will get settled and fall into place.”

Derek Lowe threw three scoreless innings against the Angels and then allowed four home run in a six-run fourth inning. Said manager Ron Washington, “The first three were pretty good. He’s still trying to build up arm strength. He started getting the ball up. We’re trying to get his stamina up but he did good for three innings.”

Jason Frasor’s wife gave birth to a daughter Cameron earlier this week. She is the couple’s second child.

Colby Lewis throws in the bullpen on Friday. It could be his last bullpen session before graduating to live batting practice.

Joe Ortiz has not allowed a run in an A game but he allowed two in a Minor League game while pitching for Double A Frisco. He pitched one inning and allowed four hits. He struck out two. Nate Robertson also allowed a run in an inning of work.

Cory Burns pitched in the same game and turned in two scoreless innings. He struck out three.

Oakley is now the official eyewear of the Rangers. Big multi-year partnership was announced on Thursday.

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