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January 21, 2011

Your Friday Rangers Fan Fest update

Here are some of the highlights from Friday's media event at Fan Fest at the Arlington Convention Center.

On Josh Hamilton

He said he's about 90 percent after his bout with pneumonia. He's lost 10 pounds, which he expects to gain back soon. Hamilton said he had a fever for about four days, and it spiked at 105. He said it was bad enough that he was hallucinating at the hospital. He figures he got sick doing so many speaking engagements and not getting enough rest.

Hamilton also expects to go to arbitration, which is set for Feb. 14. He said he's okay with whatever happens. Hamilton is still hopeful of getting a long-term deal done with the team, but isn't getting wrapped up in it.

On Nelson Cruz

He's been working with Darren O'Day's brother to revamp his running style. He's been running more upright to take the strain off his hamstrings. Cruz said in the past he's either run with his head too far forward or too far backwards.

On Arthur Rhodes

He said his goal is to catch Jesse Orosco for longevity. Orosco pitched 24 seasons, with his last in 2003 at the age of 46. Rhodes is a pup at 41, which also happens to be the ideal age for sportswriters.

On the spring training invites

Tanner Scheppers, Jose Felix, Cody Eppley and Chad Tracy will all go to big-league camp with the Rangers.

On Manny Ramirez

General manager Jon Daniels declined to talk about specific players, but said the Rangers could still be interested in adding a bat. According to a source, the Rangers have interest in Ramirez, as do the Tampa Bay Rays.

On Mitch Moreland

Daniels believes that Moreland can be the team's every day first baseman in 2011, which means Michael Young should get the majority of his at-bats as a DH.

On Fan Fest

The place looks cool, and will be busy tomorrow morning. Of the first four signers, three of them include Nolan Ryan, C.J. Wilson and Adrian Beltre. The doors open at 9 a.m. with autographs beginning at 10.

That's it for your free update.

- Anthony Andro


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