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Rangers take it slow with rehabbing rotation trio

Miller, Volquez, Smyly throwing another live BP before game action
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Feb. 20th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have Mike Minor and Lance Lynn plugged into their Cactus League schedule but are holding back on Shelby Miller, Edinson Volquez and Drew Smiley. Minor is scheduled to pitch on Monday against the Reds in Goodyear and Lynn will go Tuesday against the Mariners in

Jurado, Mendez to start Rangers' first 2 games

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Feb. 20th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Ariel Jurado will be on the mound for the Rangers when they open their Cactus League schedule against the Royals on Saturday. Left-hander Yohander Mendez will follow him on Sunday against the Brewers in Surprise. There is a good reason those two are up first for

Gallo, Mazara open to long-term deals

Feb. 19th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielders Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara are both interested in long-term contract extensions if that's something the Rangers want to talk about in earnest this spring.General manager Jon Daniels had said Monday that the possibility of long-term deals with Gallo and Mazara is something the Rangers have

Rangers' rookie pitchers get Driveline treatment

Feb. 19th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers rookie left-handed pitchers C.D. Pelham, Brady Feigl and Brett Martin followed the path of Tim Lincecum this winter. Those three were sent by the Rangers to Driveline Baseball, the Seattle-area workout facility that is developing a nationwide reputation for being able to help pitchers.Driveline uses slow-motion

DeShields enters camp with eyes on CF job

Woodward: 'I want Delino to be the center fielder'
Feb. 18th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have signed veteran outfielder Ben Revere to a Minor League contract, have gotten Carlos Tocci back for his second season and manager Chris Woodward is on record as saying Joey Gallo is capable of playing center field.That begs the question of just how comfortable Delino

Rangers mulling extensions for young core

Gallo, Mazara, Leclerc headline list that could receive offers
Feb. 18th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers are having internal discussions about approaching some of their younger players about long-term contracts before Spring Training is over, something that annually happens this time of year.Outfielders Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara and right-handed pitcher José Leclerc would be the players most likely to be

Pence's first workouts delayed by sore shoulder

Feb. 18th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Hunter Pence did not participate in the Rangers' first full-squad workout Monday because of a sore right shoulder. The Rangers do not believe it is serious but are going to give Pence some time off."It shouldn't be a big deal," Rangers assistant general manager Shiraz Rehman

30 intriguing position battles -- 1 for each team

Feb. 18th, 2019

Stars might put fans in the seats, but baseball is a sport that rewards the most complete clubs. That's what makes Spring Training more than a series of exhibitions; big league jobs are on the line, and they could end up having a major impact on the season-end standings. The next

FAQs about Rangers pitching coach Rangel

Panama native working in Major Leagues for first time
Feb. 17th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers hired 55 new people for their baseball operations department this offseason, and pitching coach Julio Rangel may be right behind manager Chris Woodward in importance.This will be the first time Rangel has ever had a Major League job. Here are some frequently asked questions about

Rangers ink Revere to Minor League deal

Speedy outfielder's contract includes invitation to Spring Training
Feb. 17th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have signed veteran outfielder Ben Revere to a Triple-A contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The deal, which was pending a physical, was completed on Monday.Revere was signed because the Rangers are short of outfielders at Triple-A Round Rock. Scott Heineman is expected to

WakWay providing free food markets in Phoenix

Woodward prepping to welcome full squad; Gallo practicing taking pitches
Feb. 17th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu is in charge of running Spring Training for manager Chris Woodward and making sure the daily schedule runs smoothly.Wakamatsu's WakWay Foundation will also be busy in Spring Training. Every Saturday morning, the foundation will partner with the Giumarra Companies and with the

Reasons for optimism for each MLB club

Feb. 16th, 2019

On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. You've read a lot about teams being all-in for 2019 and also about some teams rebuilding. Here's what's also true: When players and coaches get to work in Florida and Arizona, optimism

Andrus is now Rangers' elder statesman

10-year veteran SS took Beltre's locker in camp
Feb. 16th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers lost 95 games last year and finished in last place in the American League West, and there isn't a lot of optimism outside the organization that things will be better this season.But shortstop Elvis Andrus, who reported on Saturday, doesn't seem to mind the fact

Pence thrilled to be in Rangers camp

Veteran played in DR winter league during offseason
Feb. 16th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Veteran outfielder Hunter Pence is in Rangers camp on a Minor League contract. By definition, that means he is not guaranteed a spot, and he will have to make the team in Spring Training.Pence reported on Saturday undaunted by the prospect."I have played for 12 years so

Cabrera confident he can make transition to 3rd

Feb. 15th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Veteran infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera is being asked to become a full-time third baseman for the first time in his career, and the player he is replacing was one of the best ever at the position.:: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World ::Third base has long been

Calhoun has undergone physical makeover

Outfielder vying for roster spot drops 24 pounds in offseson
Feb. 15th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- There are jobs to be won in Rangers camp, manager Chris Woodward said before Friday's workout. The most compelling battle could be between Willie Calhoun and Hunter Pence for the fourth outfield spot.:: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World ::Those two might be in a head-to-head

Mathis to mentor Rangers pitchers, catchers

14-year defensive specialist signed 2-year deal with Texas
Feb. 14th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers catchers Jose Trevino and Isiah Kiner-Falefa already have a nickname for Jeff Mathis.The Wizard."I think me and Izzy were picking his brain the first day we were out there, already," Trevino said. "He probably didn't know our names yet, and we were like 'Hey, why are

Volquez, Smyly, Miller on regular camp program

Rangers' trio preparing for first full season back from TJ surgery
Feb. 14th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Veteran right-hander Edinson Vólquez threw his first bullpen session of Spring Training on Thursday. Left-hander Drew Smyly and right-hander Shelby Miller take their turns Friday.Three pitchers who are coming back from Tommy John surgery are staying up with the others at Rangers camp in the early going."They

Prospects who should vie for a roster spot in camp

Feb. 14th, 2019

As Spring Training gets underway, MLB.com has taken a closer look at prospects getting the chance to show what they can do in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. For example, there's been a story on 20 prospects likely to be impact rookies during the 2019 season.Our beat writers also singled

Minor likely Rangers' Opening Day starter

Feb. 13th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers manager Chris Woodward is not ready to officially name his Opening Day starter but it's clear Mike Minor is the obvious choice."I would love for him to be," Woodward said before the first workout on Wednesday. "Obviously I am not going to announce it yet, but

Woodward welcomes Rangers to camp

Feb. 11th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The time has come for the Rangers to stop with the talk about rebuilding for the future, the restructuring of the coaching staff and the front office, and the long-term goals of the organization.Spring Training is here. Pitchers and catchers reported to the Rangers' facility in Surprise

Kelley reflects on last season, enjoying ST 'vibe'

Feb. 13th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley said he is not an emotional guy, even though there is a perception that throwing his glove on a mound last year brought an end to his time with the Nationals."There was some stuff that went on behind the scenes," Kelley said. "It

9 comeback candidates to root for this season

Feb. 13th, 2019

Danny Farquhar would breeze into the White Sox clubhouse most mornings last spring and make a point of acknowledging members of the media."No interviews today," he'd announce. "Maybe tomorrow."The thing is, Farquhar wasn't actually declining interviews. In his good-natured way, he was letting us know he understood it was unlikely

Miller seeks return to form in return to Texas

Hard-throwing righty is healthy again following Tommy John surgery
Feb. 12th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Shelby Miller wasn't bashful when asked about what he is expecting from himself this season."Hopefully an All-Star year," said Miller, who was an All-Star for the Braves in 2015.That was before Tommy John surgery. Miller had the operation on May 10, 2017, and pitched in