Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison said he is back to full strength after a week of dealing with some back stiffness. But the Rangers are still sending him back to Dr. Drew Dossett for examination. The Rangers still want to make Harrison is good to go after having two surgeries on his back last year. Once he gets cleared by Dossett, Harrison will likely start throwing again.
Harrison said he thinks his problems were caused by sleeping in a bad bed. He has since changed beds.
Catcher Geovany Soto underwent surgery on Saturday morning to have a bone removed from his left ankle. It was arthoscopic surgery and he is expected to be out for three weeks. The Rangers are expecting him to be ready for Opening Day but this may affect his workload. The bone was putting pressure on a tendon in his ankle and causing the discomfort he has been experiencing lately. The bone was the Os Trignum.
Elvis Andrus couldn’t stop talking Friday about his team’s victory over Adrian Beltre’s squad in the first situational hitting contest held Thursday afternoon. The two sides have two more contests between them but the loser will have to buy lunch for the entire camp.
“We’re really good,” Andrus said. “We’re going to continue to dominate.”
There are six players on a team and each hitter gets points for executing a situational-hitting fundamental. Thursday’s contest emphasized hit-and-run and getting runners over. Andrus dominated the event, helping his team to an eight-point lead. Apparently that’s not an overwhelming margin.
“The game is not over,” Beltre said. “We’ve got them exactly where we want them. They are in trouble.”
The two squads are made up of the infielders. There is also a team of outfielders and one for the catchers. But the big bet is only between the infield teams. Andrus said there’s no use waging a bet with the outfielders or the catchers.
“That would be too easy,” Andrus said.
“We’re making it fun,” Beltre said. “We’ve got to get this done so we’re making a game of it.”
– Alex Rios on Adrian Beltre: “He’s a leader, someone we appreciate a lot. But we don’t have one leader, we have a bunch of people who can step up when leadership is needed. One of things this team has is a bunch of leaders who can help the team move forward without being stuck on something. But he’s someone we definitely appreciate.”
– The Rangers will have three Spring Training games on the MLB Network: March 6 against the Padres; March 7 against the Dodgers and March 19 against the Brewers.
He said it
“We have a good group of guys. It’s a lot different than it used to be. It’s weird not seeing the usual faces out there but it’s great. It will be fun seeing how it goes this season.”
Pitcher Robbie Ross on the massive turnover in personnel the past two seasons.
Matt Harrison had an MRI and it didn’t show anything serious. Harrison is still going to be examined by Dr. Drew Dossett in Dallas next week but the Rangers are hopeful that his latest back issues are minor. Harrison said he felt much better on Friday after sleeping on the floor.
Geovany Soto is flying back to Dallas to be examined by a specialist. He is dealing with inflammation in his left ankle and the Rangers want to make sure it’s nothing serious.
Alex Rios is day to day with a sore big toe on his left foot.
Jurickson Profar is swinging again but still limited in his throwing because of tendinitis in his shoulder.
“Absolutely it pumped me up,” Hanson said. “I was ready to go right there and play somebody. It was probably the best clubhouse speech I’ve ever heard.”
So what did Washington say?
“It went well,” Washington said. “It was just about health, staying healthy, execution of fundamentals and being serious about baseball.
“This one was quite easy. I had a chance to explain what Texas Rangers baseball is like: execution, situational hitting, do what the game asks you to do and being a family. If execution was easy, everybody would do it. It’s not that easy so you have to stay on top of it
“I think he’s just cool, he’s down to earth and he just lets you be yourself,” Prince Fielder said. “All he wants you to do is play hard. Anytime a manager does that, it’s always easy, and he lets you kind of police yourself and go out there and play hard every day, it’s really that easy.”
– Shin-Soo Choo is expected to address the media for the first time on Friday. Both the South Korean and Japanese media have a sizable presence here in camp for Choo and Yu Darvish.
– The Rangers have intrasquad games scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
– Weather? Partly cloudy and highs in the 80′s for the next nine days.
He said it
“I knew he had a little fun. I wasn’t around him a lot, played against him a lot. When you get to see a guy every day, you learn more about him. He’s funny,I like him. So it’s cool so far”
Prince Fielder on new teammate Adrian Beltre
Pitcher Matt Harrison is experiencing stiffness in his lower back in the same area he had surgery last year. He has been shutdown from all baseball activities. The Rangers are sending him for an MRI on Thursday and he will return to Texas to be examined by back specialist Drew Dosset on Monday.
This appears to be a significant setback.
Catcher Geovany Soto is dealing with some soreness in his left achilles tendon and is limited in his running.
– Prince Fielder on his first day with the Rangers: “t felt good, it was a lot of fun…nice, easy day, had a lot of fun meeting my new teammates, so yeah, I’m excited. Everybody’s laid back, they work hard. That’s all you ask for, good people who work hard and everybody wants to have fun, which is a big deal when you have to be together with people for so long. I think the guys make it easier when as soon as you get here, they welcome you and start cracking jokes and stuff, so that makes it a lot easier.”
– Rangers manager Ron Washington was fired up when he met with the media before Wednesday’s workout. Washington, who loves to teach defense, had just finished early work with infielders Jurickson Profar, Adam Rosales, Luis Sardinas, Rougned Odor and Brent Lillibridge.
“I must have hit a thousand ground balls and not one of them hit the ground,” Washington said. “Everything hit the glove. It’s the first time I’ve come out in the morning and not one ball hit the ground, and I’ve been doing this for a long time.”
– Elvis Andrus on Derek Jeter retiring: “It’s kind of sad for me and baseball. I really enjoyed watching him play. It was like the year I played with Omar Vizquel. They had extraordinary careers. They were role models. I would be blessed to have a career like those guys.”
– Pitcher Todd Van Poppel and outfielder Michael Choice are two of the best players to come out of Tarrant County. Van Poppel, 42, played at Arlington Martin while Choice, 24, went to Mansfield Timberview. Despite being of different generations, they are connected through the Rangers in one way.
Van Poppel was with the Rangers in 1998 when he was part of a trade with the Pirates for Esteban Loaiza. Two years later, the Rangers traded Loaiza to the Blue Jays for Michael Young. Last winter, the Rangers traded Young to the Phillies for pitcher Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla. This winter, Lindblom was included in a trade with the Athletics that brought Choice back to the Rangers.
He said it
They’re going to be tough back-to-back, for sure. I just hope they’re not as tough as Trout-Pujols-Hamilton.”
Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre