SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Carlos Gomez is expected back in the Rangers' lineup on Wednesday after being sidelined for a week with a jammed left shoulder.He will be back in center field, but not necessarily back in the leadoff spot: Delino DeShields may have taken that away from him while possibly
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Carlos Gomez is expected back in the Rangers' lineup on Wednesday after being sidelined for a week with a jammed left shoulder.
He will be back in center field, but not necessarily back in the leadoff spot: Delino DeShields may have taken that away from him while possibly winning the everyday job in left field.
"I tell guys, make me put you in the lineup," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Let your game put you in the lineup. Delino has made us do that. How it plays on Opening Day or the day after that … just continue to play the game."
Gomez jammed his shoulder sliding into third base against the White Sox on March 21. He went through the full workout on Tuesday with the intent to play Wednesday. That will give Gomez three exhibition games to get ready for the regular season.
Gomez said it will be enough to be ready for Opening Day without needing extra at-bats in a Minor League game. He stood in against Tyson Ross in a batting practice session on Tuesday.
"It feels really good," Gomez said. "It still sore, but the stability of my shoulder is tight."
DeShields entered Tuesday hitting .302 with a .448 on-base percentage that was ninth-best in the Majors this spring. He was tied for the Majors lead with 14 walks, and led with 12 stolen bases without being thrown out.
"We know Delino can run," Banister said. "He has added a hitting element that's been more consistent. He has cut down the swing-and-miss, I mean by that … the chase [of bad pitches]."
Gee among final roster moves contemplated
Right-hander Dillon Gee pitches against the Royals on Wednesday in Surprise. It may be his last day in a Rangers uniform.
Gee is in camp on a Minor League contract, but can take his free agency Wednesday if he is not added to the Opening Day roster. Gee isn't likely to make the roster, so Wednesday's start could be a showcase for him.
"I am sure other clubs will be there to see him," general manager Jon Daniels said.
• The Rangers reassigned catcher A.J. Jimenez to Triple-A Round Rock. They have also told pitcher Carl Webster he will not be on the Opening Day roster. Webster can take his free agency, but the Rangers are hoping he'll accept assignment to Round Rock and pitch out of their rotation.
• Tanner Scheppers is also slated to pitch against the Royals. It will be his first outing since sustaining a strained abdominal muscle Friday against the Padres. If all goes well, Scheppers could be back in the running to make the Opening Day roster.
• Yu Darvish and Martin Perez will pitch on the back fields Wednesday morning. Darvish is expected to throw the equivalent of three innings in a bullpen session in preparation for his Opening Day start against the Indians on Monday. Perez is down for six innings in a simulated game to get ready to start the second game of the season, Tuesday against the Indians.
• Adrian Beltre remains day-to-day with tightness in his right calf muscle. He has taken batting practice in the cage but still isn't ready to run full speed.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.