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Lincecum, Barnette to be placed on disabled list

Rangers' bullpen appears set for Opening Day after latest moves
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have confirmed the obvious. Relievers Tim Lincecum and Tony Barnette will both be placed on the disabled list before Opening Day.

The Rangers appear to be set with a bullpen of left-handers Alex Claudio and Jake Diekman, and right-handers Matt Bush, Keone Kela, Chris Martin, Kevin Jepsen and Jesse Chavez. If the Rangers carry an extra reliever on Opening Day, it will be Jose Leclerc.

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have confirmed the obvious. Relievers Tim Lincecum and Tony Barnette will both be placed on the disabled list before Opening Day.

The Rangers appear to be set with a bullpen of left-handers Alex Claudio and Jake Diekman, and right-handers Matt Bush, Keone Kela, Chris Martin, Kevin Jepsen and Jesse Chavez. If the Rangers carry an extra reliever on Opening Day, it will be Jose Leclerc.

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Lincecum is dealing with a blister on his right middle finger, slowing down what was going to be an already tight schedule to make the Opening Day roster.

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He was signed on March 7 and has thrown just two live batting practices since arriving in camp. Lincecum was supposed to pitch Friday against the Padres but scratched because of the blister.

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"It's not bad today," Lincecum said. "Definitely desensitized. Just because it's feeling better one day doesn't mean it's 100 percent ready to go. Kind of rebuild that callus over the hole and then take the next step."

The next step will be to return to Texas with the Rangers, resume his throwing program and then go on a medical rehabilitation assignment to Double-A Frisco. The Rangers have no timetable on when he'll be able to rejoin the team.

Barnette has not pitched in a game since March 13 because of tightness in his lower back. That issue has subsided and Barnette was able to throw in the bullpen on Saturday. But the Rangers don't see Barnette having enough time to be ready for Opening Day.

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"If it was one of those things that happened late in the year, we might push it," general manager Jon Daniels said. "But we don't see pushing it at this point, have a setback and being out a little longer. Tony being competitive and a team guy, wants to be ready but it doesn't seem to be the right thing to do in the last 10 days."

Catching news

Robinson Chirinos left the team for personal reasons but is expected to rejoin the Rangers in Arlington.

• The Rangers are still looking to see if a catcher might become available as clubs make their final cuts. But right now, Juan Centeno has the inside track for the backup role.

"I still have feelers out there, but Juan is in a good spot," Daniels said. "Barring something happening, I expect him to be on the team."

• The Rangers have traded catcher Mike Ohlman to the Red Sox for cash considerations. That leaves Brett Nicholas as the likely catcher at Triple-A Round Rock.

Rangers rotation lines up

Cole Hamels finished off Spring Training with three scoreless innings against the Indians on Saturday afternoon. He allowed three hits and two walks with one strikeout. Next up is Opening Day against the Astros on Thursday.

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"It was good," Hamels said. "I was able to go out there and focus on a few key elements of my mechanics. Everything felt really good, and my body feels really strong. My pitches have really good feel, and I was able to finish up strong and be ready for the first game."

Doug Fister and Matt Moore will both pitch on Monday against the Reds and Mike Minor will start on Tuesday. With Hamels pitching on Opening Day, the Rangers are expected to follow with Fister, Moore and Minor in that order for the remainder of the four-game series against the Astros.

Robinson awaits fate

Utility player Drew Robinson has lost the battle in left field, but is still in camp waiting to see if he will be on the Opening Day roster. Since the Rangers are keeping Carlos Tocci as a reserve outfielder, Robinson's situation depends on if they will keep seven or eight pitchers.

Video: TEX@SEA: Robinson lines RBI single up the middle

He met with manager Jeff Banister on Saturday to discuss his situation.

"Continue to play hard and stay patient," Banister said. "He has done a good job for us."

Up next

Fister and Moore will be on the mound Monday when the Rangers, who were late getting out of Arizona on Saturday because of issues with the team plane, host the Reds at 7:05 p.m. CT at Globe Life Park in Arlington. This is the first of two games against the Reds to finish Spring Training. Both pitchers are expected to be limited to three innings. The game can be seen on MLB.TV or heard on Gameday Audio.

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.

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