I talked with German Duran this morning for a story that will run in Wednesday's Star-Telegram. Duran came back to Fort Worth just before Christmas. He could have stayed with his Mexican Pacific League team longer but didn't want to take a roster spot for the playoffs knowing he would be leaving for spring training.
Here are some of Duran's thoughts as he prepares for his second season with the Rangers.
How do you think you did in Mexico? "I started off slow but at the end I was on fire. At first I was just getting back to playing every day. I think I was hitting .175 after the first 10 games, but I hadn't seen that many pitches and I wanted to get in a groove. I felt great leaving because I finally found my groove. I knew that would happen."
What was it like playing in Mexico? "It's different. I'm Hispanic, but everything down there was diffferent. I'm not used to being treated the way I was down there. It was a change."
How do you feel health wise? "I feel great. I came back early to get my weight back and get ready for the spring. My finger feels fine and I feel great."
What were the main things Vinny Castilla worked with you on? "I just had to get the baseball feeling for playing third. I took a lot of ground balls and worked on fielding situations, like helping me work with the shortstop. He did a lot of little things that helped me with my range to the left without having to dive for everything. There were a lot of good things he taught me heading into spring."
- Anthony Andro