There was more news made on the first day of full-squad workouts than the Rangers wanted. Josh Hamilton didn't last long in his first practice, taking a tumble in a fly-ball drill. Hamilton suffered a left shoulder contusion which led to spasms in his neck. He's day-to-day, but hoping to play tomorrow.
One Ranger who won't play any more this season is right-hander Omar Poveda. He felt pain in his right elbow during a throwing session Tuesday and an MRI revealed a torn elbow ligament. The Rangers are getting a second opinion, but also bracing for Tommy John surgery.
Vladimir Guerrero drew a crowd, and pronouced himself fit and ready to go. Guerrero made it clear that he still wants to play in the outfield. He said he lost weight in the off-season and that the knees he had surgery on two years ago feel good. Our photographer Ron Jenkins provides us with a photo that could make a few of you a little misty.
The right-hander felt pain in his right elbow after throwing Tuesday. The Rangers will send the results of the MRI to Dr. Lewis Yocum for a second opinion. Poveda, who was signed in 2004, spent the majority of 2009 at Frisco. He went 11-5 in 22 starts for the Roughriders.
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton suffered a left shoulder contusion on the first day of full-squad workouts after diving for a ball during outfield drills. He is listed as day-to-day, and no further tests are scheduled at this time.
Hamilton was on the disabled list twice last year (ribs, hernia) and missed most of September (back). He played only 89 games.
Infielder Marcus Lemon added to list of non-roster invites.
Infielder Wes Bankston, from Plano East High School, has signed a minor-league deal. He spent last season with Triple A Louisville in the Cincinnati organization, batting .267 with 17 homers and 75 RBI in 122 games. He has appeared in 17 major-league games, all with Oakland in 2008.
The following 13 players have signed contracts for the 2010 season: RHP Omar Beltre, OF Brandon Boggs, RHP Neftali Feliz, OF Craig Gentry, LHP Derek Holland, RHP Tommy Hunter, LHP Michael Kirkman, RHP Doug Mathis, RHP Luis Mendoza, OF David Murphy, LHP Zach Phillips, RHP Omar Poveda and LHP Ben Snyder.
The Rangers have added infielder Marcus Lemon to their big-league camp. Lemon was needed to replace Khalil Greene. Lemon has been in Surprise and worked with manager Ron Washington on his fielding. He can play both short and second base. Last year for Frisco, Lemon hit .262 in 126 games.
Derek Holland will play long toss today as he continues to recover from a mild right knee sprain. There are no additions to the injury report.
Washington will address the team at 10:30 Texas time, and the Rangers are expected to hit the field at 11:15 for their first full-squad workout.