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Juan Carlos Oviedo has been told he won't make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

Oviedo was brought to camp as a non-roster invitee, but a 4.91 ERA in 3 2/3 spring innings didn't do much to impress. He'll now have to decide whether to ask for his release or accept an assignment to Triple-A.
Mar 28 - 4:32 PM

Rangers released OF Nate Schierholtz.

The club had signed the outfielder to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training, but he was told he would make the club Saturday and asked for his release. He's now a free agent and will attempt to catch on somewhere else.
Mar 28 - 4:29 PM

Rangers optioned RHP Anthony Ranaudo to Triple-A Round Rock.

Ranaudo was a candidate for the Rangers rotation, but a 5.02 ERA in spring dashed those chances. The 25-year-old will serve as rotation depth at Triple-A and should see the majors at some point this season.
Mar 28 - 4:27 PM

Nate Shierholtz was informed Saturday that he would not make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

He would've stood to make $1.75 million if he made the team. It's unclear if he'll ask for his release and look for a job elsewhere, or if he'll accept an assignment to the minor leagues.
Mar 28 - 2:30 PM

Ross Ohlendorf (groin) will not be ready for Opening Day.

He will begin the season in the rotation at the Triple-A level, but the Rangers do expect him to contribute at the major league level in 2015. He has pitched well in limited time this spring, fanning 11 over five shutout innings.
Mar 28 - 12:09 PM

Chris Gimenez went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI as the Rangers fell to the Athletics in Cactus League competition.

Gimenez plated a run with an RBI double off R.J. Alvarez in the seventh inning. In camp as a non-roster invitee, he's hitting just .167 in Cactus League play and looks unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster.
Mar 27 - 8:55 PM

Anthony Ranaudo pitched well in Friday's Cactus League start against the Athletics, allowing two runs on five hits over his six innings of work.

The young right-hander struck out three and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. He's keeping hope alive to secure one of the final spots in the Opening Day rotation, despite holding a 5.02 ERA in Cactus League play.
Mar 27 - 8:52 PM

An MRI on Shawn Tolleson's right forearm showed no structural damage.

Tolleson will be examined by Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister on Friday to determine his next step. The MRI news is obviously good, but Tolleson is still expected to begin the season on the disabled list. "In our minds it was very positive news," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We don’t think he’s lost any significant arm strength."
Mar 27 - 12:13 PM

Nick Martinez recorded four strikeouts while spinning six scoreless frames Thursday against the Rockies.

He yielded five hits (four of them were singles) while walking one. It's a performance that just might be enough to wrap up the fifth spot in the rotation for Martinez, who now boasts a microscopic 0.84 ERA this spring. He's competing primarily with Nick Tepesch for the job.
Mar 26 - 11:43 PM

Leonys Martin belted a two-run homer in Thursday's game versus the Rockies.

The longball came in the third inning off of Chad Betts and was Martin's second homer this spring. Recently anointed as the Rangers' leadoff hitter, Martin won't offer much from a power perspective but will give fantasy owners stolen bases and runs.
Mar 26 - 11:41 PM

Ross Ohlendorf had to leave an appearance Thursday after aggravating his right groin injury.

He's been battling the ailment for over a week. Ohlendorf has struck out 11 over five scoreless frames this spring, which should be good enough to earn an Opening Day roster spot if the groin ailment isn't a major setback.
Mar 26 - 11:38 PM

Ryan Ludwick has been told he will not make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

The club has yet to make an official move with the non-roster invitee, but Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says Ludwick is "considering his options." The veteran outfielder had been battling with a host of others for at-bats in left field. He seems likely to ask for his release so that he can try to catch on elsewhere.
Mar 26 - 7:16 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News believes that Nick Martinez leads the competition for the Rangers' No. 5 starter job.

He cautions that "nothing is decided" but thinks that Martinez is the "front runner." Martinez's main competitors for the gig are Nick Tepesch, Anthony Ranaudo and Lisalverto Bonilla. The 24-year-old made 24 starts for Texas last season, posting a 4.55 ERA with just 77 strikeouts over 140 1/3 innings overall.

Derek Holland (shoulder) is expected to start the Rangers' home opener on April 10 versus the Astros.

Holland is over the minor bout of shoulder soreness he dealt with earlier in camp, but the Rangers will play it safe with him and hold him back until the fifth game of the season. "There are two opening days," manager Jeff Banister said. Yovani Gallardo will get the ball on April 6.
Mar 26 - 6:11 PM

Ross Detwiler has secured the fourth spot in the Rangers' starting rotation.

Meanwhile, the fifth spot remains up for grabs. Detwiler, who was acquired from the Nationals over the winter, owns a a 3.55 ERA in 364 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season and should have some relevance in AL-only leagues.
Mar 26 - 5:55 PM


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