Darvish cleared to throw

Yu Darvish underwent an MRI and a subsequent examination of his right elbow by Dr. Keith Meister on Tuesday in Arlington. Dr. Meister reported that the MRI looked fine, and he has cleared Darvish to begin throwing on his normal schedule. Darvish is currently undergoing his normal off-season training program and expects to start throwing in early December. It is expected that Darvish will spend at least the next several weeks working out in Texas.

Rangers haven’t heard on Korean lefty

The Rangers have not been told they have won the bidding on Korean left-handed pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang. They and the Twins are considered the two most serious competitors. The Rangers won’t know until Yang’s team, the Kia Tigers, accept the bid and inform Major League Baseball. The team that wins the bid has 30 days to negotiate the contract.

Who is this guy…

this is from http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

Yang, who will be 27 in March, posted a 4.25 ERA with 8.6 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 in 165 innings in Korea in 2014. Those numbers don’t sound that impressive at first, but each team scores an average of 5.63 runs per game in the offense-heavy KBO, far higher than in the Majors, and Yang’s season earned him the KBO’s equivalent of the Cy Young award. Yang is viewed as a mid-rotation starter with No. 2 starter upside, the New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand reports. Yang has a smooth delivery and throws 92-95 MPH.

Rangers roster moves..Robertson traded to the Angels

The Rangers finally announced their 40-man roster moves late Thursday night.

Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers tonight announced the following roster moves:
 
–Purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Luke Jackson from Triple-A Round Rock.
 
–Purchased the contracts of infielder Hanser Alberto, catcher Jorge Alfaro, and right-handed pitcher
 Jerad Eickhoff from Double-A Frisco.
 
–Designated outfielder/first baseman Jim Adduci for assignment.
 
–Placed right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas and left-handed pitcher Aaron Poreda on unconditional release waivers for the purpose of both playing abroad in Asia in 2015. Each player should finalize the signing with the respective club in the next few days.
 
–Traded outfielder Daniel Robertson to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash.

Gimenez among Minor League signings

The Rangers today announced the club has signed catcher Chris Gimenez and right-handed pitcher David Martinez to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training camp. 
 
Gimenez, who turns 32 on December 27, combined to hit .241 with 10 doubles and 11 RBI over 42 games with Texas and Cleveland last season.  He spent the balance of the year at Triple-A Round Rock, batting .284 with 6 homers and 22 RBI.  He was originally acquired by Texas on a waiver claim from Oakland on March 28 and was on the Rangers’ 2014 Opening Day roster.  He was traded to Cleveland on August 23, where he spent the remainder of the year.
 
Martinez, 27, had 7 relief outings for the Houston Astros over the last two seasons, posting a 6.38 ERA (13 ER/18.1 IP) in his only major league action.  He made 3 appearances in the majors in 2014, and spent the balance of the campaign at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 5-6 with a 5.64 ERA (52 ER/83.0 IP) over 22 games/13 starts.  Martinez has spent his entire career in the Astros organization after signing as a non-drafted free agent at the age of 17.
 
The Rangers have also signed left-handed pitcher Efrain Nieves to a minor league contract, and he will be in minor league camp this spring.  Nieves, 25, went 3-5 with a 2.29 ERA (22 ER/86.1 IP) in 44 games/4 starts last season with Dunedin, Toronto’s High-A affiliate.

Here is the schedule

2015 TEXAS RANGERS SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE

(All Times Mountain Except Where Noted)

DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME

Wednesday, March 4 Kansas City Royals (charity game) Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, March 5 Kansas City Royals Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Friday, March 6 San Francisco Giants Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 7 Milwaukee Brewers Maryvale 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 8 Cleveland Indians Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs Mesa 1:05 p.m.

Monday, March 9 Oakland A’s Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10 Los Angeles Angels Tempe 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11 Chicago White Sox Glendale 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, March 12 Chicago White Sox (ss) Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Friday, March 13 San Francisco Giants Scottsdale 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 14 San Diego Padres Peoria 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 15 Milwaukee Brewers (ss) Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Monday, March 16 Los Angeles Angels Tempe 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17 Los Angeles Dodgers Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18 Open Date

Thursday, March 19 Cincinnati Reds Goodyear 1:05 p.m.

Friday, March 20 Seattle Mariners Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers (ss) Alamodome, San Antonio 7:05 p.m. CT

Saturday, March 21 Milwaukee Brewers Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers (ss) Alamodome, San Antonio 1:05 p.m. CT

Sunday, March 22 Seattle Mariners Peoria 1:05 p.m.

Monday, March 23 Cincinnati Reds Surprise Stadium 6:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24 Los Angeles Angels Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25 Cincinnati Reds Goodyear 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, March 26 Colorado Rockies Surprise Stadium 6:05 p.m.

Friday, March 27 Oakland A’s Mesa 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 28 San Diego Padres Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 29 Los Angeles Dodgers (ss) Glendale 1:05 p.m.

Monday, March 30 Kansas City Royals Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31 Chicago Cubs Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks Salt River Fields 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1 Colorado Rockies Salt River Fields 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, April 2 Open Date

Friday, April 3 New York Mets Globe Life Park in Arlington 7:05 p.m. CT

Saturday, April 4 New York Mets Globe Life Park in Arlington 1:05 p.m. CT

Home Games in Bold ss-split squad

NOTE: Surprise is one hour behind Texas time through March 7 and two hours behind beginning March 8

Cactus League Home Games Played at Surprise Stadium/Billy Parker Field, Surprise, AZ

Spring Training Schedule announced

TEXAS RANGERS ANNOUNCE 2015 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE AND PRICING
Club hosts New York Mets at Globe Life Park in Arlington, April 3 and 4
Team opens Cactus League play on Wednesday, March 4
 
Arlington, TX – The Texas Rangers are scheduled to play 34 spring training games in 2014, including 30 Cactus League contests. The club released its complete spring training schedule and pricing on Tuesday.
The schedule includes a pair of exhibition games with the New York Mets at Globe Life Park in Arlington to close the spring schedule on Friday, April 3 (7:05 p.m. CT) and Saturday, April 4 (1:05 p.m. CT). It will mark the first exhibition game in Arlington versus a major league team since the Rangers hosted at the Kansas City Royals on April 2, 2010. Ticket information will be announced at a later date for those games.
As previously announced, the club’s spring training schedule also includes two games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third annual H-E-B Big League Weekend series at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Friday, March 20 (7:05 p.m. CT) and Saturday, March 21 (1:05 p.m. CT). Tickets for those games are now on sale at www.bigleagueweekend.com.
 
Texas’ 30-game Arizona schedule features 16 contests at Surprise Stadium/Billy Parker Field. The Rangers will be the home team for 15 of those games and will be the visiting club for one contest against the 2014 A.L. champion Kansas City Royals, who share the Surprise complex with Texas. Those two teams will play three times overall in Surprise in 2015, opening the spring schedule with consecutive games: Wednesday, March 4 (Rangers home game), which is the Surprise Sundancers Charity Game and Thursday, March 5 (Royals home game). Texas will be the home team for the final spring meeting between the clubs on Monday, March 30.
 
In addition, the Rangers will host the Milwaukee Brewers twice and play the Chicago Cubs,  Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, and Seattle Mariners once each in Surprise. At the other Cactus League parks, the team has two games with the Angels and Reds and one each with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cubs, White Sox,  Rockies, Dodgers, Brewers, A’s, Padres, Giants, and Mariners. 
 
Texas will play night games in Surprise with Cincinnati on Monday, March 23 and with Colorado on Thursday, March 26, both at 6:05 p.m. MT. All other Rangers games in Surprise will be 1:05 p.m. MT starts.
 
2015 individual ticket prices for Texas Rangers games at Surprise Stadium: Lower Dugout–$28.00; Upper Dugout–$25.00; Infield–$24.00; Plaza–$18.00; and Lawn–$8.00. Full season, half season, and 7-game ticket packages are also available as well as group ticket packages. Parking is free to all games at Surprise Stadium.
 
Season ticket packages go on sale Monday, December 15, and information is available by calling 623-222-2222 or by going to texasrangers.com. 
 
Spring training individual tickets for 2015 may be purchased in one of four ways:
 
BY MAIL beginning Monday, December 15. Fans can go to surprisespringtraining.com to download an order form.
ON THE INTERNET beginning Monday, December 15 at texasrangers.com.  
BY PHONE beginning Saturday January 3 at 623-222-2222.
IN PERSON beginning Saturday, January 3 at the Surprise Stadium Ticket Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. in Surprise

Young named special assistant to GM

The Rangers have officially named Michael Young as special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels. It is a title that Ivan Rodriguez, Darren Oliver and Greg Maddux hold. But Young has already taken an active role in the organization and was among the club officials who interviewed managerial candidates in October. This is not going to be a ceremonial position.

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