LF Shin-Soo Choo
SS Elvis Andrus
1B Prince Fielder
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Alex Rios
DH Mitch Moreland
C Geovany Soto
2B Jurickson Profar
CF Leonys Martin
That’s manager Ron Washington’s planned lineup. Washington said he is set on batting Fielder third and Beltre fourth.
“It’s important everybody knows every single day where they are,” Washington said. “There will be some juggling in there but it won’t be in the middle of the lineup.”
Cruz rumors keep popping up. At one point it seemed likely he was going to sign with the Mariners. Now the Orioles are supposedly in the hunt.
The Rangers? They still keep in touch with his agent and they could use more power in their offense. What is also interesting is the Pirates are still looking for a first baseman and Mitch Moreland is listed as a possibility.
That’s not going to happen right now because Moreland is the Rangers primary designated hitter. But if they sign Cruz, they either keep Moreland as a part-time DH, first baseman and outfielder, or they could flip him to the Pirates.
Right now there does not appear to be anything brewing. But as the spring progresses, the longer Cruz stays unemployed, the chances of him returning to Texas may start to grow. Just one of those Spring Training subplots that are still out there.
– There is a possibility Major League Baseball could adopt rules that protect catchers from collisions at home plate. Former Gold Glove catcher Jim Sundberg is not a proponent of the proposed rules.
“If the catchers block the plate the right way and the umpires enforce the rules, there wouldn’t be any need,” said Sundberg, now a vice-president with the Rangers.
Sundberg said umpires need to enforce the rule that catchers can’t block home plate without the ball. Sundberg also said catchers need to learn to take a collision head on and absorb the blow instead of turning one way or another. All that does is expose the knees and ankles to potential injury and that’s what happened with Giants catcher Buster Posey a few years ago.
“Posey was a young catcher without experience and he got hit with his knee bent out of position and got hurt,” Sundberg said.
– Darren Oliver is in camp for a week as a special instructor.
He said it
“That’s part of my life. I don’t want to talk about it. Give me a few weeks but it’s a part of my life.
Leonys Martin on his on-going nasty legal dispute with the people who helped get him out of Cuba.
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, during a news conference on Tuesday, was asked about the new posting system between Major League Baseball and Japan in light of the seven-year, $155 million contract pitcher Masahiro Tanaka received from the Yankees.
“I don’t know all the details of the new posting system, but I think the Yankees gave him a little bit too much,” Darvish said with a smile and a laugh through interpreter Kenji Nimura.
Darvish was trying to make a joke when he said it. He even released a statement through the club later Tuesday afternoon to reinforce that.
Said Darvish in his statement, “I am sorry if anyone took my comment seriously about Masahiro Tanaka at the press conference today. I assumed by the reaction in the room that everyone knew I was joking.”
Infielder Jurickson’s Profar’s right shoulder is still bothering him and the Rangers are going to cut back on his wor. Profar won’t throw for another week and he has been told to stop taking batting practice. The Rangers are anxious to get this problem solved and get Profar back out on the field by the middle of March. Another setback beyond this could put him in doubt for Opening Day.
Former Rangers designated hitter Mickey Tettleton is in camp as a special instructor.
Matt Harrison the first workout: “It’s fun getting back out here again being with my teammates. I’m looking forward to getting back into action, especially after being out so long last year. Next six weeks, I want to get my body back into shape, get acclimated to being on a mound and face hitters. I want to make sure I’m on the mound for 30-35 starts and be out there every fifth day for my teammates.”
Ron Washington on the first workout: “I’m looking forward to them going through the drills with some seriousness and get off the field healthy. Take it seriously what we need to do on the field, get it done and get off the field.”
Catcher Robinson Chirinos used his foundation to deliver 800 toys to kids at a children’s hospital in his home town of Punto Fijo, Venezuela on Christmas this off-season.
The Rangers have one player who knows what it’s like to win a gold medal in the Olympics. Jose Contreras was on the Cuban team that won gold in baseball at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.
Neal Cotts won the 2013 Chicago Major League Player of the Year Award given by the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago. He has lived in Chicago for over ten years.
Prince Fielder’s No. 84 will be the highest by a Rangers player since infielder Rene Gonzales wore No. 88 in 1996.
All Class A Myrtle Beach games will be carried locally in South Carolina on 1450 WRNN with Nathan Barnett as the Voice of the Pelicans
He said it
“I’m ready for one job. It’s to be the closer. No more starter.”
The Rangers have signed nine pre-arbitration eligible players. The nine players are pitchers Lisalverto Bonilla, Cory Burns, Wilmer Font, Roman Mendez, and Tanner Scheppers, infielder Luis Sardinas, and outfielders James Adduci, Engel Beltre, and Michael Choice. The club now has 29 of the 41 players on the major league roster under contract for 2014.
Outfielder Alex Rios is in camp and has been given Nelson Cruz’s old locker. In other symmetry, Prince Fielder has Ian Kinsler’s locker and catcher J.P. Arencibia is where A.J. Pierzynski used to be. Joe Nathan’s locker has been taken over by Jose Contreras.
Right-handed pitcher Shawn Tolleson is day-to-day with a sprained left ankle but did some light throwing on the side Sunday.
Yu Darvish said he hasn’t been told yet that he is the Opening Day started but added he would prepare for it just like any other start.
Manager Ron Washington on Darvish’s first bullpen session: “Outstanding bullpen. He was spotting his fastball and getting bite on his breaking pitches. He threw the ball well.”
Washington on the loss of Derek Holland: “You’re talking about a guy who for the past four or five years was a horse for us as far as innings. It’s a big blow but one thing we feel like is we have depth in our pitching so somebody has to step up. When I heard the news about Derek, all I thought about is getting him well and having him later on in the year, We’re going to do what we’ve always done in Texas, go with what we have, do the best we can and continue to win ballgames.
The Rangers have brought some of their top Minor League hitting prospects into camp. Among those are outfielder Zach Cone, the 37th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of the University of Georgia who missed most of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. He is healthy again.
He said it
“I wouldn’t say nerves but I was a little more tense. It was nice to be outside in the warm weather. The real test will be when I face hitters and get the adrenaline going. But I feel good today.”