Last Call from the Desert: Pitchers and Catchers Report

desertThey have reported on the Feast of Juliana of Nicomedia.

Outfielder Alex Rios is in camp and has been given Nelson Cruz’s old locker. In other symmetry, Prince Fielder has Ian Kinsler’s locker and catcher J.P. Arencibia is where A.J. Pierzynski used to be. Joe Nathan’s locker has been taken over by Jose Contreras.

Right-handed pitcher Shawn Tolleson is day-to-day with a sprained left ankle but did some light throwing on the side Sunday.

Yu Darvish said he hasn’t been told yet that he is the Opening Day started but added he would prepare for it just like any other start.

Manager Ron Washington on Darvish’s first bullpen session: “Outstanding bullpen. He was spotting his fastball and getting bite on his breaking pitches. He threw the ball well.”

Washington on the loss of Derek Holland: “You’re talking about a guy who for the past four or five years was a horse for us as far as innings. It’s a big blow but one thing we feel like is we have depth in our pitching so somebody has to step up. When I heard the news about Derek, all I thought about is getting him well and having him later on in the year, We’re going to do what we’ve always done in Texas, go with what we have, do the best we can and continue to win ballgames.

The Rangers have brought some of their top Minor League hitting prospects into camp. Among those are outfielder Zach Cone, the 37th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of the University of Georgia who missed most of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. He is healthy again.

He said it
“I wouldn’t say nerves but I was a little more tense. It was nice to be outside in the warm weather. The real test will be when I face hitters and get the adrenaline going. But I feel good today.”
Matt Harrison

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