Player News - Rangers

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Allen Webster endured a rocky afternoon Wednesday in the Rangers' Cactus League win over the Angels, letting up three hits and three runs over three lackluster innings.

He finished with four walks and four strikeouts. Webster labored through a difficult first inning, allowing three walks and a pair of singles before finally retiring the side. He held the Angels scoreless over his last two frames, though his command of the strike zone remained spotty. A classic Quad-A player (too good for the minors, not good enough for the big leagues), Webster will probably spend the year bouncing between Triple-A and Texas.
Mar 22 - 8:29 PM

Jonathan Lucroy will draw the start over Buster Posey for the World Baseball Classic final against Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

This one is for all the marbles. Outside of the Posey for Lucroy swap, the rest of Wednesday's lineup is expected to be the same one that the United States trotted out against Japan for Tuesday's semifinal showdown.
Mar 22 - 5:05 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Wednesday that Jurickson Profar will see some game action in center field.

Profar played there during the World Baseball Classic, so Banister wants to get a look at him. As of now, Profar figures to see most of his time in left field this season, but he's essentially in a utility role.
Mar 22 - 3:27 PM

Tyson Ross (thoracic outlet syndrome surgery) threw 20 pitches -- all of them fastballs -- during a live batting practice session on Wednesday.

Ross told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he felt fine and was mostly focusing on his mechanics. He obviously has some more hurdles to cross as he makes his way back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, but the Rangers are increasingly optimistic that he could be ready to join the rotation by early May.
Mar 22 - 1:45 PM

Tyson Ross (thoracic outlet syndrome surgery) could be ready to join the Rangers by early May.

Ross will throw live batting practice Wednesday for the first time since undergoing surgery last October. The real test will be how he responds to really ramping things up in game action, but the Rangers are feeling optimistic about him being a major contributor in their rotation this year.
Mar 22 - 12:26 PM

Carlos Gomez (shoulder) doesn't expect to miss much time.

Gomez exited Tuesday's Cactus League game after jamming his left shoulder, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mar 22 - 11:33 AM

Joey Gallo (hamstring) will do baseball activities Wednesday.

Gallo has been dealing with soreness in left hamstring, but the Rangers don't sound overly concerned. The young slugger is slated to begin the year in the minors.
Mar 22 - 11:31 AM

Cole Hamels was charged with two runs -- one earned -- over four innings against the White Sox on Tuesday.

Hamels allowed three hits, didn't walk a batter and recorded five strikeouts. The left-hander was lit up for four runs over just one-third of an inning in his only other official Cactus League start, although he's built up his pitch count in minor league contests.
Mar 21 - 11:11 PM

Carlos Gomez departed Tuesday's game against the White Sox after jamming his left shoulder while sliding into third base following a triple.

The Rangers don't think the injury is serious, so it sounds like his exit was precautionary. However, Gomez will be re-evaluated on Wednesday and we should know more about his status then. The fiery outfielder is having a nice spring so far, going 11-for-32 at the plate with three home runs.
Mar 21 - 10:46 PM

Chi Chi Gonzalez will be given a PRP injection after a second opinion confirmed that he has a tear in his right ulnar collateral ligament.

The right-hander will attempt to rehab his elbow injury for now, but obviously Tommy John surgery is a possibility at some point. Even if the injection works for Gonzalez, he probably won't be an option for the Rangers until the second half.
Mar 21 - 4:31 PM

Joey Gallo is dealing with soreness in his left hamstring.

Gallo strained the same hamstring during winter ball. The feeling right now is that it's not serious, but more will be known after he's examined by the Rangers' team doctor. Gallo is slated to begin the season in the minors.
Mar 21 - 4:29 PM

Hanser Alberto is still experiencing soreness in his right shoulder when he throws.

Alberto was cleared to resume throwing a few days ago but is still having issues. He'll be shut down again for the time being and his availability for Opening Day would seem to be in question.
Mar 21 - 4:28 PM

Rangers signed C Robinson Chirinos to a one-year extension through 2018 with a club option for 2019.

The two sides just recently agreed to a one-year, $1.9 million deal to avoid arbitration, but apparently there was momentum toward a multi-year deal. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Chirinos will make $2.25 million in 2018. The option, which buys out what could be his first year of free agency, is worth $2.375 million and carries a $100,000 buyout. Chirinos batted .224/.314/.483 with nine homers over 57 games last season and is slated to serve as Jonathan Lucroy's backup in 2017.
Mar 21 - 3:07 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during an appearance on 1310 The Ticket on Monday that the club is open to in-season extension talks with Yu Darvish.

Nothing appears imminent, but there's no deadline for talks at the end of spring training. "Where we left [it] is that either side can privately open it or raise it at any point," Daniels told Norm Hitzges of 1310 The Ticket on Monday. "No set deadlines or anything like that. The lines of communication are open, and the relationship is very good. That's a great starting point." Darvish, 30, can become a free agent after the season. If he stays healthy, he could be one of the top names on the open market this winter.
Mar 21 - 9:39 AM

Rangers re-assigned OF/1B Josh Hamilton, Cs Pat Cantwell Jose and Trevino, OF Travis Snider, INF Will Middlebrooks, RHP Brady Dragmire and LHP Wesley Wright to minor league camp.

Hamilton, of course, had another knee surgery last month and will be out at least until June. His days as a major leaguer might be over.
Mar 20 - 5:45 PM


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