Pitcher Michael Kirkman has cleared waivers and assigned outright to Triple A Round Rock. He will pitch out of the rotation there with Nick Tepesch, Ryan Feierabend and Scott Baker.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday before the game against the Phillies. Wilson spent a day in the Rangers camp and was a Minor League Rule 5 pick in December.
The Rangers Opening Day lineup includes Mitch Moreland at Designated hitter and Josh Wilson at second base
The Rangers have set their final roster
Jim Adduci won a spot off the bench. Kevin Kouzmanoff has been assigned to Triple A Round Rock. The Rangers needed Adduci’s speed and left-handed bat off the bench.
Shawn Tolleson and Seth Rosin have won the final two bullpen spots. Daniel McCutchen and Ryan Freierabend have been sent to Round Rock.
Josh Wilson and Donnie Murphy have won infield spots. No official word yet on who will be the Opening Day second baseman. Adam Rosales will be designated for assignment.
The Rangers will carry three catchers for the first four games: J.P. Arencibia, Robinson Chirinos and Chris Gimenez. That’s because they don’t have to add Nick Martinez to the Major League roster until Saturday. He has temporarily been assigned to Double A Frisco.
Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Geovany Soto and Jurickson Profar gone on the disabled list.
Yu Darvish threw long toss at Globe Life Park on Saturday and a 30-pitch flat ground session at Globe Life Park on Saturday. He will have another throwing session on Sunday with pitching coach Mike Maddux. Darvish said he felt fine with no problems but is still expected to start the season on the disabled list because of the stiffness in his neck that shut him down for the final two weeks of Spring Training.
The Rangers have claimed catcher Chris Gimenez off waivers from Oakland and have designated pitcher Michael Kirkman for assignment. Gimenez was with the Athletics in Spring Training and has spent parts of five seasons with the Rays, Mariners and Indians. Kirkman will either be traded and sent through outright waivers to Triple A Round Rock.