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Rangers' Joey Gallo: Gets ABs in minor-league game
Gallo (groin) went 2-for-3 with a home run and a single for High-A Down East on Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Gallo tested his groin in a minor-league game Friday, after which he was deemed to be pain free, so the Rangers had him play back-to-back days. That should make the team feel comfortable having him open the regular season on the major-league roster.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Danny Santana: Sent to minors
General manager Jon Daniels confirmed Saturday that Santana would open the season at Triple-A Nashville, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Santana's dismissal from big-league camp likely clears a spot on the Opening Day roster for Logan Forsythe, barring the Rangers adding another utility infielder within the next week. Prior to getting cut, the 28-year-old had made a compelling case to break camp with the big club. He enters Saturday's Cactus League game against the Brewers with a 14-for-48 mark at the plate this spring, with nine of his hits going for extra bases.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jeanmar Gomez: Earns Opening Day bullpen gig
General manager Jon Daniels said Saturday that Gomez would be included on the Rangers' Opening Day roster, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
The Rangers will select Gomez's contract after the veteran right-hander yielded only two runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out nine over 10.1 innings in Cactus League play. The 31-year-old is expected to fill a middle-relief role out of the Texas bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Luke Farrell: On mend following surgery
Farrell will have wires removed from his fractured jaw Monday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Since undergoing surgery on his jaw earlier this month, Farrell has been limited to a liquid diet while the wires have been in place. Once the wires are out, he'll work to regain the weight and strength he lost over the past three weeks before resuming a throwing program. Farrell will be placed on the injured list ahead of the regular season, but it's unclear if he'll be stashed on the 10-day or 60-day IL.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Willie Calhoun: Reports to minors
Calhoun reported to the Rangers' minor-league camp Saturday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
After he was informed Thursday that he wouldn't join the Rangers for Opening Day, Calhoun failed to report to the minors Friday, essentially confirming his dissatisfaction with the roster decision. Given that the 24-year-old doesn't have enough MLB service time to refuse a minor-league assignment, he wasn't really left with many alternatives beyond accepting the demotion. According to Wilson, Calhoun took batting practice Saturday and will play in a minor-league game before flying to Nashville for the start of the Triple-A season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Joey Gallo: Not playing Saturday
Gallo (groin) isn't included in the Rangers' lineup for Saturday's Cactus League game against the Brewers.
Gallo hasn't played in a game for the big club since March 14, but he nonetheless looks like he'll be ready to go for next week's regular-season opener against the Cubs. The 25-year-old tested out his strained right groin by appearing in a minor-league contest Friday and reported no renewed soreness coming out of the game. He'll pick up some rest Saturday but could return at some point during the Rangers' final three exhibition games.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Connor Sadzeck: On roster bubble
Sadzeck allowed three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one over two innings Friday against the Cubs.
Sadzeck is fighting for a one of the final spots in the bullpen and hasn't earned it based on his spring performance. Friday's results pushed his ERA to 8.59, and he's walked eight over 7.1 innings. The right-hander is out of options, which could work in his favor, but the Rangers need to decide if he's a power arm with potential or a power arm that will never materialize as they want.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Shawn Kelley: Named to Opening Day roster
Kelley will be part of the Rangers' bullpen to start the season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Kelley was slated to make the roster when he signed with the team in January, but this makes it official. The 34-year-old right-hander did not get a ton of work during spring training, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings over four appearances, but should find himself in the back end of the bullpen after posting a 2.94 ERA for Washington and Oakland last season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Willie Calhoun: Delays reporting to Nashville
Calhoun, who was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday, has not yet officially reported to the minor league club, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Calhoun has 72 hours to report even if it's just a walk down the hall at the Rangers' spring training complex. He was obviously disappointed at the news he received Thursday, and the Rangers gave him that day off; however, he did not report Friday. The outfielder experienced similar disappointment at this time last year and let it affect his attitude in the minors. That concerns manager Chris Woodward, who does not want a repeat of what could be perceived as inappropriate behavior, which could cost Calhoun the respect of teammates.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Joey Gallo: Pain-free after minor-league test
Gallo's groin is pain-free following minor-league action Friday, and he expects to be ready for Opening Day, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Gallo has been out for over a week, but the injury doesn't seem to be a significant one. He's set to be the everyday left fielder in Texas this season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Logan Forsythe: Will break camp with Rangers
Forsythe was told Friday he'd made the Rangers' Opening Day roster, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Forsythe hasn't been officially added to the 40-man roster yet, but a transaction is presumably coming soon. The veteran will fill a bench role in the infield this season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jason Hammel: Will make roster
Hammel was told Friday he'd made the Rangers' Opening Day roster, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
The Rangers have yet to officially add Hammel to the 40-man roster, but that transaction should be coming some time in the next few days. Hammel is expected to open the season in the bullpen, but he has 298 starts under his belt so far in his big-league career, and he could be one of the first pitchers called upon should injuries or ineffectiveness strike the Rangers' rotation. The 36-year-old posted ERAs of 5.29 and 6.02 in the last two seasons while calling Kauffman Stadium home, so expectations should be low for him this year at hitter-friendly Globe Life Park.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Shelby Miller: Makes rotation
Miller will be the fifth starter in the Rangers' rotation to start the season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Miller ran his pitch count to 77 on the back fields in a minor-league game Thursday when he allowed a run on five hits and did not walk a batter. That was an encouraging sign from the 28-year-old right-hander, who has allowed 18 baserunners in 8.2 Cactus League innings. The Rangers would still like to see one good start against major-league competition before Miller makes his first regular-season start, expected to be April 3 against Houston.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Drew Smyly: Slot in rotation confirmed
Smyly will be the fourth starter in the rotation, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Smyly's thrown just 9.1 innings this spring, much of it encouraging until Thursday when he was tagged for eight hits and walked two over four innings. His slot in the rotation puts him on schedule to start Texas' home opener, April 1 against in-state rival Houston.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Nomar Mazara: Free-swinging spring
Mazara went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a strikeout in Thursday's game against the Indians.
Mazara has been a free swinger this spring, striking out 14 times compared to one walk in 46 spring plate appearances (30.4 K%). That's a strikeout pace far above 2018 when he posted a 21.6 K%. The Rangers want to see more power from him, so the increased strikeout rate could be a byproduct of that effort. However, Mazara is slugging just .356 during Cactus League games.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Zack Granite: Still in camp
Granite is 6-for-15 and perfect on four stolen-base attempts since being acquired from the Twins, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The 26-year-old outfielder is still in camp and provides insurance until the Rangers get a read on Joey Gallo (groin), who is expected to take at-bats in a minor-league game Friday. Granite plays plus defense and, assuming Gallo doesn't need a stint on the injured list. is expected to open the year at Triple-A Nashville.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jesse Chavez: Makes roster
Chavez has nailed down a spot in the Rangers' bullpen, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Chavez was roughed up in the Cactus League, giving up eight runs and 12 hits over eight innings, but his spot in the bullpen was never in doubt. The veteran right-hander excelled in 2018, which he credited to lowering his arm angle. He'll do a little bit of everything in the bullpen; from eating innings in mop-up duty when needed to working in high-leverage situations.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Joey Gallo: Will test groin Friday
Gallo (groin) is expected to play in a minor-league game Friday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Gallo will test out his strained right groin, playing for the first time in a week, and will get as many at-bats as needed. The Rangers don't want to finalize the Opening Day roster until they get a look at how Gallo responds to the activity.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Mike Minor: Set for Opening Day start
Minor will start on Opening Day, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Minor will take the ball as the Rangers square off against the Cubs on March 28. While it's a tough starting assignment, Minor proved plenty capable last season, throwing 157 innings with a 4.18 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. He's thrown only 11.1 official innings this spring, but has racked up 10 strikeouts and is entering the season healthy.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jordan Romano: Won't make roster
Romano has been informed he won't make the Rangers' roster, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
As a Rule 5 pick, Romano will now have to be offered back to the Blue Jays. He failed to make his case for a roster spot after recording a mediocre 6:5 K:BB in 9.1 innings this spring.... See More ... See Less