Olmos sent back to Seattle

The Rangers waiver claim for LHP Edgar Olmos is in the process of being reversed by MLB and he will be returned to Seattle due to the situation with his left shoulder. Olmos left camp this morning and will be further evaluated by the Mariners medical staff. He has been sidelined with an impingement in his left shoulder.

@Rangers Jimmy LeFave headline Eric Nadel Birthday Benefit

Texas legend Jimmy LaFave headlines Eric Nadel’s 4th annual birthday benefit bash with his first headlining gig ever at the Kessler. Born in Wills Point, Jimmy has been a Dallas favorite since his 1992 CD Austin Skyline featuring his classic rendition of “Walk Away Renee”. He has since delivered a long line of unforgettable originals and covers.

Emily Elbert was the first performer to take the Kessler stage when it opened as a concert venue five years ago. A graduate of Coppell High School and the Berklee School of Music, the nomadic songstress has journeyed solo around the world, playing close to 1,000 shows from Peru to Palestine.

Handpicked by Texas Rangers announcer Eric Nadel, Jimmy and Emily are two Texas originals who will provide an unforgettable night to raise money and awareness for a charity that is changing lives in our community.

Table seats are part of sponsor packages. Contact Keith Price for information about sponsoring this event. (kprice@focusonteens.org).

THE NEED: There are more than 3,000 homeless young people within the Dallas Independent School District, according to DISD statistics. With limited staff, time, and funding, our schools cannot address this crisis alone. Without intervention, our most vulnerable young neighbors are left with myriad physical, emotional, and mental needs unmet, putting them at high risk of dropping out of school and falling through the cracks as they enter adulthood.

THE SOLUTION: Focus on Teens is a Dallas nonprofit that reaches out to young people in the critical early stages of homelessness. Taking a holistic approach to serving young people in crisis situations, Focus on Teens collaborates with local public high schools to provide weekly drop-in centers to cater to the immediate, pressing needs of students inc s, bolstering this support with wraparound services including drug abuse and suicide prevention programs.

@Rangers Updated ticket information

Arlington, Texas—The Texas Rangers announced this morning the following information regarding today’s first day of sales for 2015 individual tickets:

–Due to the deteriorating weather conditions in the Arlington area, the Globe Life Park in Arlington First Base Ticket office will close at 11:00 a.m. CT today.

–2015 Rangers individual tickets may be purchased 24 hours a day at texasrangers.com or by calling 972.RANGERS until 5:00 p.m. CT today. Please note that the wait time for phone orders may be extended due to a reduction in staff at the call center due to the weather conditions.

Weather permitting, the Globe Life Park in Arlington First Base Ticket Office and Call Center will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Beginning Monday, March 2, the ticket office will be open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Individual tickets for all 2015 Texas Rangers home games except Opening Day went on sale this morning.

The supply of available individual tickets for the Rangers’ home opener on Friday, April 10 vs. Houston was exhausted through the online ticket opportunity held earlier this month. Opening day tickets are still available as part of full and partial season ticket plans for 2015.

For more information on purchasing season tickets, please call 972.RANGERS or go to texasrangers.com.

Rangers: Darvish speaks to Japanese media

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Yu Darvish held a press conference for the Japanese media. He has not done any interviews because visa problems have delayed his interpreter’s arrival to Spring Training. Here is what Darvish had to say after throwing live batting practice

Question: You said after your last bullpen session that you were looking forward to throwing to batters and see their reactions today, so how was it?

My command was very good and there was power on/to the ball, but the batters were pretty much just standing in the batter’s box so it was hard to judge.


Question: Chirinos caught you today and now 3 catchers have caught you, do you have any preference?


It doesn’t matter who catches me, I am concentrating on my form (delivery) and what I want to work on, so either if it’s in the pen (or on the field) it doesn’t matter so there is not much of a difference.


Question: So does that apply during the season too?

Yes.

Question: Did you have any theme going into today’s session?

Since there are batters standing in the batter’s box, All I wanted to do what I had been doing in my 2 previous bullpens,

Question:You may have ramped up your strength a tad, but where you able to accomplish what you wanted to do?

Yes , I was able to do it.

Question: You said every year you need to work on your change up, how was it today facing batters?

I think I only threw one change up today, I think the others were sliders.but since my last bullpen it’s been really good and was able to get the feel for it, and today I think I was able to throw it well.

Question: But you don’t know how long that will last right?

Yes, I don’t know.

Question: Banister told us that he would like you to make all you starts, what are your thought on that?

Of course, that’s what everyone wants to do, I really have no comment on that

Question: Ever since you joined the Rangers, you had been throwing live BP on the first day, what are your thoughts on the change of program?

I don’t mind if we have live BP or not, but now I am able to throw in the bullpen beforehand and not overthrow, so I don’t strain myself in some awkward places (in my body)

Texas Rangers morning clubhouse: Matt Harrison, Leonys Martin

Matt Harrison is supposed to stretch out to 120 feet today in his throwing program. He is still not planning to throw off a mound for at least another month.

Leonys Martin has arrived in camp. Said he worked hard on his baserunning this off-season. Wants to the Rangers leadoff hitter.

The Rangers hired Dwayne Murphy as a Minor League outfield instructor. Murphy was a Gold Glove outfielder for the Oakland Athletics and one of the best ever. Martin will get a lot of time with him.

Everybody is in camp. Carlos Peguero is here. The left-handed hitting outfielder will join Joey Gallo as the Rangers starting offensive tackles for Russell Wilson.

Michael Kirkman is playing catch today.

IF Elliot Johnson and LHP Edgar Olmos – both acquired in the past couple of days – are also in camp.

Pitchers are throwing live batting practice today. Robinson Chirinos will catch Yu Darvish for the first time this spring.

Michael Young is in camp.

Beltre, Fielder waiting for Martin

Derek Holland throwing on Monday with Yu Darvish

Derek Holland throwing on Monday with Yu Darvish

Leonys Martin is not in camp yet. He is one of two players who still have not yet reported.
He doesn’t have to be here until Friday but that doesn’t matter to third baseman Adrian Beltre, who has been here for two days. Plus Prince Fielder was in camp on Monday.
“He can’t be here after Prince Fielder,” Beltre said. “He’s in the box. Kangaroo Court. That will be a fine.”
“We’re going to get all his travel money,” Fielder said.
Manager Jeff Banister visited Martin in the Dominican Republic. The Rangers centerfielder has been working out down there and Miami.
“I watched that guy and he was getting after it pretty hard,” Banister said. “Everybody knows he is working hard.”
That’s not going to matter to Beltre. The “fine” for showing up after Fielder is only the start.
“He is going to hear about it the whole spring.”

The White Tank Mountains hover over the Rangers camp

The White Tank Mountains hover over the Rangers camp

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.”

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