|Offense||32nd||85.4 (30th)||195.1 (26th)|
|Defense||18th||127.9 (29th)||211.2 (10th)|
Barnette has not thrown in a game since March 13, but did throw a bullpen session Saturday. While he's getting close to a return, the Rangers felt Barnette would not have enough time to get ready for the regular season.
Monk (hand) was not listed on the injury report for Saturday's matchup with the Mavericks.
Monk bruised his hand in Thursday's win over the Grizzlies but the injury does not appear to be a significant issue. Look for Monk to resume his regular role off the bench, but could see more minutes than usual with Nicolas Batum (Achilles) ruled out.
Dahl was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
As expected, Dahl will open the season with the Isotopes in order to get the 24-year-old everyday at-bats. He's proven he can handle major-league pitching, slashing .315/.359/.500 in a 63-game stint with the Rockies back in 2016, so Dahl should get another look from the big club at some point in 2018 so long as he holds his own at Triple-A and is able to stay on the field for an extended period.
Santiago allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six in Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
Santiago had been vying for the final spot in the rotation, but lost out to Carson Fulmer, as reported by Daryl Van Scouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday. However, on Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of the Chicago Tribune reported that the identity of the final starter was being withheld until after Saturday's action. Both Santiago and Fulmer, who threw in a minor-league game, pitched Saturday. Whatever happens, Santiago will be part of the team. If Fulmer's the fifth starter, then the 30-year-old left-hander will be a long reliever who can spot start if need be.
Nowitzki (knee) will play Saturday against the Hornets, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Nowitzki was bumped from questionable to probable Saturday as he continues to deal with tendinitis in his left knee. The injury will be something to keep an eye on throughout the contest, with Doug McDermott and Dorian Finney-Smith likely to see an uptick in minutes if Nowitzki is at all monitored.