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Camp Banister: New manager wants short, efficient productive workouts

ScheppersTwo days of pitchers and catchers and one thing is clear. The Rangers are getting off the field in less than two hours. New manager Jeff Banister believes in short workouts, get it done right and get off the field with not much standing around.

“Through the years found what works best,” Banister said. “Listening to players, watching what’s successful, what’s not. The three hours of play, 13 minutes of action. There can be a lot of standing around in baseball. We talked about that prior to coming to spring training. Talked about it again this morning.

“Getting the player out on the field and getting them in baseball shape during baseball activity. Eliminating the mundane, eliminating the standing around because we want our men to function at a high level in not only low-stress situations but high-stress situations. The toughest thing in baseball is to recreate that. Keeping them engaged all the time. So we try to structure a workout every day that that happens is paramount to me.”

The idea is that reducing the time that players stand around on the field reduces the risk of injury.

That may be the case but last year the Rangers had a highly-efficent, well-run camp with their workouts also getting done in two hours or less.

One distinct difference this year is that pitchers are throwing in the bullpen the first time out rather than live batting practice. That was something Banister decided after talking with pitching coach Mike Maddux.camp

“Obviously, I like live batting practice, but there is a process getting to live batting practice,” Banister said. “There’s a process to getting to intersquads. To real games, to nine innings. I’m a process-driven guy. I think as soon as you sell out to the production early right or wrong it’s my opinion, you miss the process. Detail is process-oriented.

“John Wooden, the first thing he had freshman do: put on their socks. because if you don’t put socks on the right way you get blisters. If you get blisters you can’t play. That may be old school but when you think about it really and truly it works out here with these guys too.”

Rangers want Beltre in 2016; May eliminate clause

If Adrian  Beltre does not get 600 plate appearances this season, the Rangers have the right to void his 2016 contract. General manager Jon Daniels said he does not want that to be a distraction and suggested the Rangers may eliminate that right and bring Beltre back regardless.

“It’s a possibility.” Daniels said.

Jurickson Profar to have surgery

Jurickson Profar had been throwing out to 105 feet with no major discomfort. He has been having MRIs every 3 weeks to monitor his situation. The MRI taken on Tuesday in Arlington showed increased strain on the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder from the previous MRI. As a result, he will undergo right shoulder surgery on Monday in Arlington with surgery to be performed by Dr. Keith Meister. The timetable for recovery and rehab won’t be determined until the extent of the surgery is known.

Rangers sign Jamey Wright

The Rangers have signed pitcher Jamey Wright to a Minor League contract and invited him to camp. He will be a candidate for the bullpen. The Rangers now have 62 players coming to camp.

Rangers acquire RHP Anthony Ranaudo from Boston for LHP Robbie Ross, Jr.

The Rangers have acquired RHP Anthony Ranaudo from Boston for LHP Robbie Ross, Jr.

Ranaudo, 25, made his major league debut last season, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA (21 ER/39.1 IP) in 7 games/starts for Boston.  He spent the balance of the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, going 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA (40 ER/138.0 IP) in 24 games/starts.  He was named International League Most Valuable Pitcher last year after leading the league in wins, ERA, opponents average (.223), and winning percentage (.778).  The 14 wins were also tied for 3rd-most among all minor league pitchers.  He was also the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year in 2013.  Over four seasons in the minor leagues, Ranaudo has a 3.46 ERA while averaging 7.8 strikeouts per 9 innings and just 0.7 homers per 9 innings.
 
The 6-foot-7 right-hander was selected by Boston in the supplemental first round (39th overall) of the 2010 June draft out of Louisiana State University.  He earned the win for LSU in the clinching game of the 2009 College World Series.  He was also drafted by the Rangers in the 11th round of the 2007 June draft out of St. Rose High School in Belmar, New Jersey, but did not sign.
 
Ross Jr. was a member of the Rangers Opening Day rotation last season and finished the year in the bullpen.  He has seen action with Texas in each of the last three seasons, going 13-8 with a 3.98 ERA over 150 games/12 starts in his major league career.  Ross Jr. was originally selected by Texas in the 2nd round of the 2008 June draft.

Going to Fan Fest…Read this!!

2015 TEXAS RANGERS FAN FEST PRESENTED BY AT&T SCHEDULED FOR THIS SATURDAY AT GLOBE LIFE PARK IN ARLINGTON
Over 50 current and former Rangers to appear; Tickets on sale at texasrangers.com or at park Saturday 
 
Arlington, Texas—The 2015 Texas Rangers Fan Fest Presented by AT&T will take place this Saturday, January 24 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
 
Admission to the 2015 Texas Rangers Fan Fest Presented by AT&T is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for season ticket holders, and $5.00 for children 13 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased at texasrangers.com/fanfest, and tickets can also be purchased at the Globe Life Park First Base Ticket Office beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. The First Base Gate at Globe Life Park will open at 8:45 a.m. for fans to enter Fan Fest. Parking at Globe Life Park is free for the event.
 
Highlights of the 2015 Texas Rangers Fan Fest Presented by AT&T:
–Interactive Question & Answer sessions with Rangers executives, players and announcers in the Rangers Hall of Fame (1st floor)
–On-field events to include running the bases, bullpen toss and photo opportunities (weather permitting).
–Pitching, hitting, and fielding clinics conducted by Rangers coaches and alumni
–Free tours of the Rangers clubhouse and dugout
–Free play in the Rangers Kid’s Zone
–Photo stage with current and former Rangers players
–Rangers Baseball Foundation Sale
–Food and beverages on sale at The Short Stop Grill and other Ballpark concession stands
–Merchandise on sale at Ballpark Gift Shop locations.
 
In addition, the Rangers will offer a special opportunity to purchase 2015 individual tickets for all fans attending 2015 Texas Rangers Fan Fest Presented by AT&T. This opportunity will include the chance to purchase all games except Opening Day. 2015 Texas Rangers season ticket and mini-plan packages will also be on sale.
 
2015 Fan Fest Presented by AT&T will feature autograph sessions with over 30 current Texas Rangers players and coaches with individuals signing in the Capital One Club, Hyundai Club, Jack Daniel’s Club, and Texas Rangers Hall of Fame (3rd floor). Autograph sessions are scheduled at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
 
2015 FAN FEST AUTOGRAPH GUIDELINES
 
*There will be five designated autograph sessions on Saturday where the first 5,000 fans in attendance at Fan Fest are eligible up until 1 hour prior to the start to participate. Participants will receive scratch off cards where winners will be indicated. The schedule for those sessions:
10:00 a.m.—Adrian Beltre
10:00 a.m.—Ivan Rodriguez
11:00 a.m.—Prince Fielder
12 noon—Elvis Andrus
3:00 p.m.—Shin-Soo Choo
*All other Fan Fest autograph schedules will not be announced in advance. The main ballpark video board, and television monitors throughout Globe Life Park will post who is signing during each session 1 hour prior to the start of that session.
*Entrance to the designated line will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Individuals who use wheelchairs must adhere to the same first-come, first-served process as all other fans.
*When lines are at the designated capacity, an “END OF LINE” sign will be posted and no further guests will be allowed to enter the line.
*Players will sign approximately 225 autographs per session.  Players will not sign beyond their allotted time.
*Prior to the 2015 Fan Fest, Fast Passes were sold online at texasrangers.com.  Up to 75 guests will have the opportunity to skip to the front of each autograph session.
 
The schedule of individuals appearing on Saturday is as follows. PLEASE NOTE THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Any updates to this schedule can be found at texasrangers.com/fanfest.
 
Rangers Signing Autographs: Jorge Alfaro, Elvis Andrus, Jeff Banister, Adrian Beltre, Robinson Chirinos, Michael Choice, Shin-Soo Choo, Ross Detwiler, Jon Edwards, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, Joey Gallo, Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Phil Klein, Colby Lewis, Nick Martinez, Mitch Moreland, Rougned Odor, Spencer Patton, Martin Perez, Jurickson Profar, Ivan Rodriguez, Robbie Ross, Jr., Tanner Scheppers, Jake Smolinski, Nick Tepesch, Jake Thompson, Shawn Tolleson, Tomas Telis.
Individuals Participating in Question and Answer Sessions: Elvis Andrus, Jeff Banister, Jon Daniels, Derek Holland, Fergie Jenkins, Colby Lewis, Rangers TV/Radio Announcers, Women’s Baseball 101 with Emily Jones, Karen Banister, and Jenny Lewis.
Individuals Participating in Clinics: Dave Magadan/Bobby Jones/Tony Beasley (batting); Andy Hawkins/Mike Maddux (pitching).
Fergie Jenkins Foundation Booth: Fergie Jenkins, Rollie Fingers.
Rangers Alumni Signing Autographs: Mike Bascik, Sr., Mike Bascik, Jr., Jerry Browne, Tim Crabtree, Danny Darwin, German Duran, Cecil Espy, Jeff Frye, Larry Hardy, Toby Harrah, Ken Hill, Dave Hostetler, David Hulse, Mike Jeffcoat, Fergie Jenkins, Jim Kern, Kevin Mench, Darren Oliver, Jeff Russell, Curtis Wilkerson, Bump Wills. 

Rangers getting Corporan

The Rangers are acquiring catcher Carlos Corporan from the Astros. The Houston Chronicle first reported the deal. Corporan is the leading candidate to be the Rangers second catcher along with Robinson Chirinos.

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