Player News - Rangers

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Jake Smolinski belted a solo home run in his lone at bat in Friday's Cactus League loss to the Giants.

The 26-year-old tagged George Kontos in the ninth inning to give the Rangers their third and final run on the afternoon. With a strong showing this spring, he could put himself in the conversation to start in left field, or at least a platoon situation.
Mar 6 - 8:00 PM

Nick Tepesch was obliterated by the Giants in Cactus League play on Friday, allowing seven runs on seven hits over 1 1/3 innings.

The Giants got to him early and often in this one, including Matt Duffy leaving the yard to start a five-run uprising in the second inning. While he's still being considered for one of the final spots in the Opening Day rotation, he'll have to pitch much better than this to have a chance.
Mar 6 - 6:54 PM

Rangers signed LHP Joe Beimel to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

It's a major league deal, but Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News notes that it's not guaranteed. He can earn more through incentives. After not appearing the majors for two seasons, Beimel posted a 2.20 ERA over 56 appearances in 2014 for the Mariners (though he struck out only 25 across 45 innings). It's a solid late signing by the Rangers, as they needed left-handed relief help.
Mar 6 - 1:46 PM

Yu Darvish (triceps) will undergo an MRI on Friday.

Darvish had to exit Thursday's Cactus League appearance due to right triceps tightness. He reported improvement Friday and the Rangers don't seem to be worried, but it's protocol for them to order an MRI just in case. Even if the MRI comes back clean, he would figure to rest a bit as a precaution. The results will be in on Saturday.
Mar 6 - 10:45 AM

Kyle Blanks (Achilles) is scheduled to play in games by mid-to-late next week.

The Rangers have been taking things slowly with Blanks after his Achilles issues last season. He'll be limited to working at first base and designated hitter initially but eventually will see work in the outfield as long as his health cooperates. Blanks could see plenty of playing time this season in left field and at designated hitter if he can stay on the field.
Mar 6 - 10:05 AM

Michael Kirkman (shoulder) felt only normal soreness during a bullpen session Wednesday.

It's not clear when Kirkman will be ready for game action, but it appears he's nearly back on track after missing some time with shoulder soreness. He's in camp with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee.
Mar 6 - 10:02 AM

Mitch Moreland (ankle) is scheduled to play in games early next week after participated fully in Wednesday’s practice.

Moreland had season-ending ankle surgery last June but has progressed in his rehab without any setbacks. He'll be ready to roll come Opening Day.
Mar 6 - 10:00 AM

Shin-Soo Choo was sent home on Thursday due to an upper respiratory infection and flu-like symptoms.

He should be fine in a day or two. Choo is also working his way back from elbow and ankle surgeries but is expected to be fine for Opening Day.
Mar 6 - 9:58 AM

Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-3 with an RBI, but the Rangers fell 5-4 to the Royals on Thursday.

Chirinos will be handling everyday catching duties for the Rangers this season with Carlos Corporan serving as his understudy while Jorge Alfaro waits in the wings. Though Chirinos left a bit to be desired in terms of hitting for average and drawing walks in 2014, the 30-year-old ripped 15 doubles and 13 home runs in 338 plate appearances.
Mar 5 - 6:15 PM

Joey Gallo went 1-for-3 and scored a run Thursday in a loss against the Royals.

Gallo, a non-roster invitee, is being given an opportunity to show his talents to the Rangers' major league coaching staff. He will not be breaking camp with the club, but he can improve his odds of a promotion with a good impression this spring.
Mar 5 - 6:12 PM

Ryan Rua went 1-for-2 with a triple and a pair of RBI in Thursday's loss to the Royals.

Rua tripled in the Rangers' second and third runs of the game in the third inning. The soon-to-be 25-year-old hits the ball hard and has decent power which could give him a leg up over his competition for the Rangers' job opening in left field.
Mar 5 - 6:09 PM

Yu Darvish was pulled from his Cactus League debut after one inning Thursday due to right triceps tightness.

Darvish had a flawless first inning, ending the frame with a nasty strikeout of Kendrys Morales, but the Rangers didn't let him go back out there for the bottom of the second. Texas is calling the departure a precautionary measure, but Darvish is going to reevaluated by team doctors on Friday. He missed the last seven weeks of the 2014 season because of right elbow inflammation.
Mar 5 - 3:34 PM

Martin Perez (elbow) is scheduled to throw off a half-mound next Tuesday in Rangers camp.

It'll be the first time throwing off a slope for Perez since he underwent Tommy John surgery last May. The left-hander is not expected to be an option for the Rangers' starting rotation until midseason. He can be ignored in most redraft fantasy leagues.
Mar 5 - 11:08 AM

Derek Holland (shoulder) is now scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday.

There was a report that he was going to try it Thursday, but that could have been a communication mix-up. Holland had to be scratched from an intrasquad game last week in Rangers camp due to discomfort in his left shoulder. It's thought to be routine spring soreness, but the Rangers are probably going to take it slowly with him now given his recent injury history.
Mar 5 - 10:31 AM

Yovani Gallardo was hit around on Wednesday against the Royals, allowing four runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Gallardo could have seen himself out of a dire situation as he allowed back-to-back doubles to lead off the third inning before recording a pair of outs. But three consecutive singles brought in the Royals' second and third runs of the inning. Gallardo didn't make it out of his second inning of work in the fourth and was charged with one run following a lead-off double and runner-advancing ground outs. The 29-year-old veteran had a good bounce-back year for the Brewers last season and the Rangers are hoping there's more of that coming up.
Mar 4 - 6:21 PM

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