Summing up a Big Day of Pitching…Rotation appears set…Bullpen in flux

Here is the state of the Rangers pitching…

Robbie Ross and Joe Saunders are in the rotation. Ross won a spot by a knockout and the Rangers need Saunders because he eats innings. They join Tanner Scheppers and Martin Perez. If you go by Spring Training, Ross should be the Opening Day pitcher but it could be anybody.

If Yu Darvish goes on the disabled list, the Rangers will put Alexi Ogando back in the rotation. He was supposed to be in the bullpen but all bets are off now.

Right now the Rangers bullpen is built around closer Joakim Soria, left-hander Neal Cotts and right-hander Jason Frasor. Look for right-hander Shawn Tolleson to make the team. Ryan Freierabend and Pedro Figueroa are still in the hunt for a left-handed spot.

Soria and Ross tied for having the best spring of any Rangers pitcher, with Tanner Scheppers a close third.

The Rangers brought right-handed pitching prospect Nick Martinez to Goodyear. He pitched two scoreless innings. The Rangers are even looking at him to reinforce their bullpen.

Michael Kirkman is out of options but with the state of the Rangers pitching staff, he will likely make the team as a long reliever at least.

The Rangers will find out Wednesday what is going to happen with Tommy Hanson. He may go to the bullpen. He may take his free agency. He is not going to the rotation.

Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis still hoping to be back sometime in April. Derek Holland hopes to throw off a mound next week.

Neftali Feliz? Who knows. The road back is not over for him.

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