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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.

Lewis won’t be active on Opening Day

Pitcher Colby Lewis will not be on the active roster for Opening Day. He is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday and again on April 1 in a Minor League game. After that the Rangers will make a decision on where Lewis stands in his comeback.

Right now the Rangers Opening Day rotation figures to be Martin Perez, Tanner Scheppers and Joe Saunders with two starters to be named later. Robbie Ross could at least start the season in the rotation until some injured pitchers return. Tommy Hanson remains in limbo and the Rangers have to decide by Wednesday if they are willing to guarantee his contract.

Feliz to the Minors

The Rangers are optioning pitcher Neftali Feliz to the Minor Leagues so he can continue his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery. Aaron Poreda and Rafael Perez being in sent to Minor League camp.

Rangers sign catcher Chris Snyder

The Rangers have signed catcher Chris Snyder to a Minor League contract. He’ll likely catch at Triple A Round Rock. He was released by the Nationals.

McCutchen added to Spring Training roster…not 40 man

To be clear, pitcher Daniel McCutchen has been added to big league camp. He is not on the 40-man but he is in camp on a non-roster invite

Darvish Scratched From Opening Day

Yu Darvish will not pitch the Rangers 2014 opener. He is being sent back to DFW for further examinations. He has a stiff neck, and the Rangers are concerned that Darvish has additional issues.

There is no word on who will start on Opening Day, however, Martin Perez is a strong contender.

More on the website later.

More Pitching Moves: McCutchen and Hanson

The Rangers have added RHP Daniel McCutchen to the bid league roster as a potential reliever. Tommy Hanson who was a contender for a rotation spot will pitch in a relief spot in today’s game.

More on the website later.


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