--RHP Tommy Hunter, who went 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA last year, is not guaranteed a spot in the rotation, manager Ron Washington said. Hunter struggled during the postseason, failing to go more than four innings in any outing. He is still expected to have something of an inside track for one of the two open spots. He will compete with LHPs Derek Holland and Michael Kirkman and RHPs David Bush and Eric Hurley.
--RHP Brandon Webb is completely cleared to engage in all aspects of camp, but the Rangers will be "cautiously aggressive" with him since he hasn't pitched in two seasons. Rather than throw off a mound every other day like the other healthy pitchers, he will throw every third day for the time being. Last year, with Arizona, Webb tried to accelerate his recovery from shoulder surgery and pushed himself during the spring. It ended up backfiring on him.
--RHP Scott Feldman revealed that the surgery he underwent in November was microfracture surgery on his knee rather than simply a minor cleanup. Though microfracture surgery is minimally invasive, most athletes need about eight months to recover. The Rangers are hopeful Feldman, who is still in a knee brace and who hasn't begun running yet, will be able to pitch off a mound by the end of March.
--RHP Omar Beltre will undergo surgery to repair a narrowing of the spinal column in the thoracic area of his back. After the Feb. 22 operation, Beltre will be sidelined for six to eight weeks before he can begin baseball activities. In all likelihood, Beltre will not be an option until the second half of the season for the Rangers at the earliest. Spinal stenosis is common in the elderly but rarely found in people in their 20s. Last year, Beltre was finally allowed into the U.S. after a five-year ban for visa fraud. He made a brief appearance in the majors but spent most of the season at Triple-A.
--2B Ian Kinsler was one of five Rangers position players to participate in an offseason running camp designed to try to improve running mechanics. The camp was originally designed to improve OF Nelson Cruz's form in an attempt to alleviate hamstring problems. Kinsler, who stole 30 bases in 2009, was limited by ankle tendinitis last year and didn't run much. He hopes to revitalize his running game this year. He gave the ankle several weeks off immediately after the World Series and said it has been pain free ever since.
BY THE NUMBERS
155 -- Jump in innings for LHP C.J. Wilson from 2009 to 2010. Between 2000 and 2009, there were 14 pitchers who increased their workload over the previous season by at least 50 innings to finish their first-ever season of 200-innings with at least 225. The biggest jump during that time was 125 innings by Paul Byrd in 2002. He then missed the next season recovering from elbow surgery.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Since last spring, it seems like we have never been without a crisis. If you don't like one crisis, just wait awhile; another one will show up." -- Rangers president Nolan Ryan on the latest crisis, the Michael Young situation.
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