Last call from the Desert…Look Homeward Beat Writer

desertSo the Cactus League has started with the traditional two games with the Royals and there is still much to be decided before the Rangers are done with the desert.

The rotation is still the No. 1 topic of discussion and things will start get interesting on Sunday when Robbie Ross makes his first start. Then comes Colby Lewis and Nick Tepesch on Monday. Lewis has certainly been the most encouraging sign the Rangers have seen so far and facing enemy hitters is the next step to gauge his progress.

The closer competition has yet to begin in earnest but one thing has been made clear. Neftali Feliz has to earn back his old job. It won’t be handed to him. Joakim Soria is looking pretty good and Tanner Scheppers over his back problems. All three pitch Sunday.

The Rangers really want to see Feliz take off. Stay tuned on that one.

Watch out for a couple left-handed relievers in camp: Ryan Feierabend and Aaron Poreda. The Rangers like what they have seen so far.

Offensively Michael Choice is impressing and Leonys Martin is down with some back stiffness. Not considered serious but Martin is another player that needs to have a good camp.

Jurickson Profar has not yet played the field because of some shoulder tendinitis but he is doing all his other work and the Rangers are cautiously optimistic he will be fine at second base.

Russell Wilson comes Monday and so too will be a large media contingent to chronicle the big day. The NFL Network is coming to Major League camp.

Will have to watch that one back in Texas. Time for a mid-spring break and no need for the Patrick Willis Fan Club to be there for that one. Back to work on Friday.

He said it

My gut feeling is paramount. My gut feeling is like a situation. It’s first. I’m watching the game, I’m feeling the game and I’m going to do what I think the feel of the game is going to tell me to do. I know the stats. I look at them, but I’m not going to run a ball game according to stats.
I’m a baseball person, not a statistician.

Manager Ron Washington

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