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Rangers' Andrew Heaney: Fans five in spring debut
Heaney allowed one hit and one walk while striking out five over two scoreless innings in Sunday's spring start against the Giants.
Heaney's Cactus League debut got off to a rocky start, as the left-hander walked the first batter on four pitches then hit a batter. He settled in after that, striking out two before inducing a groundout to avoid any damage. Heaney is expected to slot in third in the Rangers' rotation.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Evan Carter: X-rays return negative
Carter had X-rays on his left forearm come back negative Sunday, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
The 21-year-old exited Sunday's exhibition against the Giants after being hit by a pitch, and the negative test result is an encouraging development. Carter should be able to rejoin the lineup for the Rangers in the near future.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Evan Carter: Exits after HBP
Carter was removed from Sunday's spring game against the Giants after being hit by a pitch on the left hand/wrist, Shawn McFarland of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Carter initially attempted to stay in and run the bases but then exited the contest after being examined by the training staff. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, and the 21-year-old should be considered day-to-day until more information is available.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Nathan Eovaldi: Makes spring debut
Eovaldi allowed one hit and one walk over two innings in Saturday's spring start against the Royals.
Eovaldi worked around a leadoff single and two-out walk in the first inning, as the right-hander went unscathed during his Cactus League debut. His fastball sat at 96 mph and touched 97 mph, per Shawn McFarland of the Dallas Morning News.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Cody Bradford: Touched for run in spring debut
Bradford allowed a run on two hits and struck out one over two innings in Friday's spring start against the Royals.
Bradford, who is the leading contender to be fifth starter, was the lone Ranger to throw multiple innings. The right-hander followed Dane Dunning, who pitched a perfect first inning. Bradford ceded a two-out solo home run in the second inning before a 1-2-3 third inning. He may open the season in the rotation, but it's not expected to be a full-season assignment. Texas has three injured starters due back at various points during the season. Additionally, Bradford's track record -- 6.95 ERA, .884 OPS, 1.6 HR/9 over 33.2 innings as a starter in 2023 -- suggests the back end of the Rangers' rotation could be in flux.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Wyatt Langford: Makes spring debut
Langford started in left field and went 0-for-2 with a walk in Friday's spring game against Kansas City.
Langford, a highly anticipated prospect, made the first of what's expected to many spring appearances, as he competes for a roster spot. He should bounce around at both corner outfield spots and designated hitter.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Dane Dunning: Throws perfect inning Friday
Dunning threw one scoreless inning in Friday's spring start against the Royals.
Dunning retired the side in order, inducing a flyout, groundout and lineout to kick off the Cactus League schedule. The right-hander tinkered with a new pitch during the offseason, the type of which he would not divulge to Kennedi Landry of MLB.com. He threw it once during Friday's outing and spiked it well short of the plate. It appears to be a variation of a splitter. Dunning's current arsenal includes a sinker (33.1 percent in 2023), slider (23.4 percent), cutter (20.0 percent), changeup (15.6 percent) and curveball (4.7 percent). He's penciled into the Opening Day rotation, but things could change in the second half of the season, when injured starters Jacob deGrom (elbow), Tyler Mahle (elbow) and Max Scherzer (back) are ready to pitch.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Kumar Rocker: Throwing from 120 feet
Rocker (elbow) has progressed to 120 feet with his throwing program, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
He'll continue at that distance for another week or so before going into a brief scheduled rest period. The goal is for Rocker to begin throwing off a mound in early April, which would be the first time he's done that since he had Tommy John surgery last May. Rocker is hoping to appear in games around midseason.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Wyatt Langford: Will start Friday
Langford will start Friday's Cactus League opener, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
Texas manager Bruce Bochy said Langford is expected to get a lot of reps this spring, and it's widely believe last year's fourth-overall pick has a chance to crack the Opening Day roster. Presumably, the Rangers want the 22-year-old outfielder to get consistent playing time, so if Langford doesn't win a starting gig, he'd likely open at Triple-A Round Rock. Much of the Rangers' roster is set, but there is a hole at designated hitter. A situation where Langford and Evan Carter bounce between the outfield and DH is a possibility.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jonah Heim: Spring debut one week away
Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said Heim won't make his first Cactus League start until Feb. 28 versus the Dodgers, Jeff Wilson of RangersToday.com reports.
Heim hasn't dealt with any health issues upon reporting to spring training, but the Rangers are being careful not to overextend the catcher during camp after he served as the team's primary backstop in its run to the franchise's first World Series title this past fall. The 28-year-old should be able to get enough at-bats in during the spring to prepare himself for the start of the season, though Texas could still look to lighten his workload behind the dish to some degree early on in the campaign. Manager Bruce Bochy suggested Wednesday that the Rangers may look to carry three catchers on the Opening Day roster, with Andrew Knizner, Sam Huff and non-roster invitee Andrew Knapp in contention for backup roles behind Heim.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Sam Huff: Texas could carry three catchers
Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that the club is considering carrying three catchers on the Opening Day roster, putting Huff in contention for a spot, Jeff Wilson of RangersToday.com reports.
Jonah Heim will start and Andrew Knizner would appear to be the heavy favorite to back him up, but Huff also looks to be in the mix. Working in Huff's favor is that he can also play first base and could bring enough thump offensively to draw the occasional start at designated hitter. Huff does have an option year remaining, so Texas could still hang on to him even if he's not on the Opening Day roster.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Cody Bradford: Will pitch Friday
Bradford is set to follow Dane Dunning in the Rangers' Cactus League opener against the Royals on Friday, Jeff Wilson of RangersToday.com reports.
The left-hander made his MLB debut in 2023 after spending time with Triple-A Round Rock. He bounced between the minors and majors during the regular season, and he worked as both a starter and reliever with the big club. Bradford finished last season with a 4-3 record for Texas while accruing a 5.30 ERA, 51 strikeouts and 12 walks over 56 innings. He's looking to lock down a spot at the back end of the Rangers' starting rotation during spring training.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Dane Dunning: Set to start Friday
Dunning will get the start Friday in the Rangers' Cactus League opener against the Royals, Jeff Wilson of RangersToday.com reports.
Dunning will draw the start Friday, with Cody Bradford scheduled to follow. Dunning posted a 12-7 record in 2023 with a 3.70 ERA and 140:55 K:BB over 172.2 innings, earning a raise to $3.323 million for 2024 in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He'll open the season at the back end of Texas' starting rotation.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Josh Sborz: Considered high-leverage option
Sborz is among of four relievers being considered as high-leverage bullpen option, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
Sborz joins Jose Leclerc, David Robertson and Kirby Yates among the relievers manager Bruce Bochy plans to use in high-leverage situations. Bochy stopped short of naming a closer and refused to place them in any order early in camp. "We've got some high-leverage guys down there that can help each other out and help give guys days off," Bochy said. "I'm not going to get into exactly what the pecking order is, because they're all really good relievers with really good resumes." Sborz had an inflated 5.50 ERA in 2023, but a 3.35 xERA suggests he pitched better than the standard ERA indicates. His 36.9 strikeout percentage and 66:17 K:BB were also encouraging. Health will be a factor for Sborz, who has spent five stints on the injured list over the last two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Evan Carter: Ready to face MLB left-handers
Carter acknowledged Monday a lack of experience and production against left-handed pitching, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports. He went a combined 1-for-20 with two walks against southpaws in the regular season and playoffs.
Carter was a good story for the Rangers in 2023, getting a September callup and posting a 1.058 OPS over 23 regular-season games and a .917 OPS in the postseason. However, his performance against left-handers is something to monitor in 2024, when he is expected to be the team's starter in left field. Carter explained that he routinely sat against lefties in the minors and produced a .243/.338/.257 slash line versus that handedness in 70 at-bats. "I think the numbers aside -- take this for what it's worth -- I felt fine against them," Carter added. "I was in the box like, 'I can do this.' What, are you going to take 10 at-bats and say that you can't can't do something? I felt good in the box." He believes his numbers will improve the more he sees lefties in the majors, as does Texas offensive coordinator Donnie Eckler and the rest of the staff, who recognize that facing left-handed pitching in the majors can sometimes be a rocky part of a player's development in the early stages of their big-league career.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Corey Seager: Not sure he'll be ready for opener
Seager (groin) told reporters Monday that he hopes to be ready for Opening Day but isn't sure it will happen, Jeff Wilson of RangersToday.com reports.
Seager underwent surgery in January to repair a sports hernia and was just recently cleared for incline walking and riding a stationary bike. It's not clear when he might be able to resume baseball activities and play in games, but it does not appear to be imminent. If Seager needs a stint on the injured list to start the season, Ezequiel Duran would figure to be in line to fill in at shortstop for the Rangers.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Bochy not naming closer yet
Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that "there is no pecking order" between Leclerc and the other members of the team's bullpen, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Bochy did indicate, however, that he hopes a closer will emerge during spring training and "we will have a guy who will get closing opportunities" come Opening Day. Leclerc rebounded from a sluggish start last season to finish with a 2.68 ERA and 67:28 K:BB over 57 innings. He notched four saves during the Rangers' postseason run and was unscored upon in three World Series appearances. The other prime candidate beyond Leclerc is David Robertson, whose 2023 season was basically the opposite of Leclerc's in that he started strong with the Mets (2.05 ERA, 14 saves) before struggling with the Marlins (5.06 ERA, four saves). Robertson has by far the most closing experience in the bullpen with 175 career saves, but he'll also turn 39 in April. Josh Sborz and Kirby Yates could also potentially be in the mix.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Josh Smith: Will fill in at shortstop
Smith is expected to be the primary fill-in at shortstop this spring while Corey Seager (groin) is sidelined, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
Smith and Ezequiel Duran were expected to get a ton of reps at shortstop, but third baseman Josh Jung's calf injury means Duran will cover the hot corner the next two-to-three weeks at least. Both Seager and Jung are expected to be ready for Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Replacing Jung at third base
Duran will fill in at third base for Josh Jung (calf) who is expected to miss multiple weeks, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
The Rangers said Jung will miss a minimum of two-to-three weeks, and they will evaluate him during that time period, although the team expects him to be ready by Opening Day. In the meantime, Duran, who was already expected to get reps at shortstop due to Corey Seager's groin injury, will slide to the hot corner for the start of the Cactus League. That means there will be a lot of Duran and Josh Smith on the left side of the infield this spring, but both Jung and Seager are expected to be ready to go for the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Josh Jung: Out multiple weeks
Jung was diagnosed with a strained left calf Saturday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Jung reported discomfort in his calf while fielding grounders Friday, and he is now set to miss at least two or three weeks before the team re-evaluates him. At that point, a better picture regarding Jung's status for Opening Day should be available.... See More ... See Less
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