Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers today announced the club’s 2016 coaching staff with the following transactions:
· Doug Brocail hired as pitching coach
· Anthony Iapoce (pronounced eye-uh-poh-SEE) hired as hitting coach
· Brad Holman (pronounced HOLE-muhn) promoted to bullpen coach
· Justin Mashore (pronounced MAY-shore) promoted to assistant hitting coach
· Bobby Jones named replay coordinator
Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis had surgery on Friday to clean up his torn meniscus in his left knee. Lewis had pitched with it for much of the second half of the season.
General manager Jon Daniels admitted that third baseman Adrian Beltre has a torn ligament in his left thumb. Surgery is a distinct possibility but a final decision has not been made.
Catcher Chris Gimenez has cleanup surgery on his right shoulder and Carlos Corporan had surgery on his left thumb.
Daniels said the Rangers have interest in re-signing Mike Napoli as the Rangers need right-handed hitting
The Rangers are planning to offer Yovani Gallardo a $15.8 million qualifying offer.
Arlington, Texas—The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has invited six members of manager Jeff Banister’s major league coaching staff to return in 2016.
It was also announced that bullpen coach Andy Hawkins and hitting coach Dave Magadan will not return in 2016. Hawkins informed the club that he is resigning to pursue opportunities with other teams. Magadan and the Rangers made a mutual decision that he would leave the organization to seek opportunities in baseball closer to his home in Florida.
Members of the coaching staff invited to return in 2016 are third base coach Tony Beasley, bench coach Steve Buechele, assistant hitting coach Bobby Jones, pitching coach Mike Maddux, first base coach Hector Ortiz, and field coordinator Jayce Tingler.
Hawkins was the longest tenured coach on the major league staff as he was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma to become the Rangers’ pitching coach on August 1, 2008. He has served as the bullpen coach since the beginning of the 2009 season and has been in the organization for 14 of the last 15 years beginning in 2001. Magadan has spent the last three years as Texas’ hitting coach after previous stints in that role with San Diego (2003-06) and Boston (2007-12).
INFORMATION FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11– 2015 ALDS GAME 3 VERSUS TORONTO
AT GLOBE LIFE PARK IN ARLINGTON—7:07 P.M. CDT
Arlington, Texas—Ticket, parking, and other pertinent information for Sunday, October 11, when the Texas Rangers host the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 3 of the 2015 ALDS at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Game time is 7:07 p.m. CDT.
TICKET UPDATE: Game 3 on Sunday is a complete sellout. There are approximately 500 reserved seats remaining for a potential Game 4 on Monday. Fans may purchase up to 12 tickets for Monday’s game at texasrangers.com, by calling 972-RANGERS, or at the Globe Life Park in Arlington first base box office.
SECURITY AND EARLY ARRIVIAL: Fans are strongly encouraged to enter Globe Life Park early. As part of Major League Baseball’s initiative to standardize security procedure at all 30 Major League parks, all visitors are required to be screened via metal detectors before entering Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Gates will open at 4:00 p.m., and fans are encouraged to budget extra time for arrival and entry to Globe Life Park. Please keep in mind that the Cowboys game will kick-off at AT&T Stadium at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday. As such, please plan for additional traffic when traveling to Globe Life Park.
PARKING: Rangers parking lots will open at 2:00 p.m. and additional parking will be available for purchase at Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor. Due to the high volume of fans expected to attend the game on Sunday, we suggest guests carpool with friends and family when possible.
In order to make as many parking spaces available for fans as possible, all fans will be asked to show their tickets to the attendant as they arrive at the parking lot entrance. Please make every effort possible to have your tickets ready when you arrive on Sunday. The First Base Box Office will open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 11.
Globe Life Park Parking Options:
General parking in Globe Life Park lots is priced at $15 per vehicle. Please reference com/directions to plan your arrival.
Lexus Valet Parking is available on all four sides of Globe Life Park. Please note that valet parking reaches capacity quickly in Postseason. Please plan on arriving early if you wish to utilize this service. Lexus Valet Parking is available for $40 per vehicle. Space permitting, Lexus Valet Parking is complimentary to current sales or service customers of the Dallas-Fort Worth Lexus Dealers. If you are a current DFW Lexus sales or service customer, you will have a sticker indicating this on your windshield. Please see your DFW Lexus dealer for details.
Know Before You Go – Get real-time updates on the availability of Lexus Valet spaces at Globe Life Park when you follow @RangersInfo on Twitter on your smart phone or visit texasrangers.com/valet before you arrive at Globe Life Park. You can also receive an update by texting LEXUSVALET to 76432.
TAILGATING POLICY: Please remember that parking spaces are designated for vehicles in order to accommodate as many fans wishing to park as possible. Tailgate parties are permitted in the parking lots of Globe Life Park in Arlington provided the festivities do not interfere with normal parking procedures or extend into additional spaces.
DEPARTURE: I-30 Connections to the West: The first Westbound I-30 on-ramp after exiting Globe Life Park lots is AT&T Way, and the next is Center Street.
I-30 Connections to the East: A lane of traffic on I-30 eastbound will be diverted to expedite the on-ramp traffic from Nolan Ryan Expressway and Ballpark Way. The T-Ramp from AT&T Way is open in the eastbound direction.
HOV Lanes on I-30: The HOV lanes on I-30 are open to assist Rangers fans going to and coming from Globe Life Park. This Sunday, cars may utilize the HOV lane to travel to and from Globe Life Park.
If you require assistance en route to Globe Life Park, call the Rangers Parking & Directions Hotline at 817-273-5007.
Visit texasrangers.com/directions now for a current parking map, TxDot traffic updates, and detailed directions.
Toronto, Ontario—The Texas Rangers today announced the team’s 25-man active roster for their American League Division Series with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The roster is as follows:
PITCHERS (11): Jake Diekman, Sam Dyson, Yovani Gallardo, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Cole Hamels, Derek Holland, Keone Kela, Colby Lewis, Ross Ohlendorf, Martin Perez, Shawn Tolleson.
CATCHERS (2): Robinson Chirinos, Chris Giminez.
INFIELDERS (7): Hanser Alberto, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor.
OUTFIELDERS (5): Shin-Soo Choo, Delino DeShields, Josh Hamilton, Drew Stubbs, Will Venable.
The Rangers and Blue Jays play Game 1 of the 2015 ALDS on Thursday afternoon at 3:37 p.m. ET/2:37 p.m. CT at Rogers Centre.
There are 30 players who made the trip to Toronto. The club has sent RHP Luke Jackson, RHP Nick Martinez, INF Joey Gallo, OF Leonys Martin, and OF Ryan Strausborger to Arizona and they will participate in games in the Instructional League. In addition, INF Ed Lucas, who is on the Round Rock roster, will report to Arizona today. OF Ryan Rua reports today to the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League. RHP Tanner Scheppers, who sustained a cut on his right index finger on Sunday that required 5 stitches, remained in Arlington. RHP Spencer Patton has returned to his home in Illinois. The Rangers must submit their 25-man roster for the 2015 ALDS by 10 a.m. ET on Thursday.
HOUSTON – The Rangers need to know if Josh Hamilton can play left field. The process began on Saturday when he started in left for the first time since Aug. 15 and just over two weeks after having cleanup surgery on his left knee.
“I am as ready as I am going to be,” Hamilton said before the Rangers game with the Astros. “This was the goal. It won’t be a whole game, five or six innings and hopefully three at-bats. I can start building up over the next week or so and treat it like Spring Training.”
Hamilton went on the disabled list on Aug. 16 because of continued soreness in his left knee. He was activated at the beginning of September as a pinch-hitter but finally decided to have surgery on Sept. 11.
“It is not the same pain as before, it is a functional pain,” Hamilton said. “I can do what I have to do. It hurts but I’m okay with that. Before, the pain wasn’t going to work. That was the whole goal, to get it to where it would work.”
The Rangers acquired Hamilton from the Angels on April 27 while he was still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and activated him on May 25. But this was just his 28th start in left field as he missed almost all of June with a strained left hamstring and miss time on other occasions because of a sore groin muscle.
“We know how the body feels,” manager Jeff Banister said. “We know there are going to be some definite calculated risks with all of it. But it feels good enough to get out on the field and play, and we need him out on the field and playing. He is a guy who can impact the game for us.
“He’s still day to day based on how he feels. We are at the point where we need to find out how it’s going to go.”
The Rangers have been using Mike Napoli in left field but replacing him on defense after 5-6 innings with Will Venable. The Rangers will start out doing the same with Hamilton.
“It depends on the game and where we are at,” Banister said.