Ron T. Ennis, whose trip is winding down, provided these photos from the Rangers' workout Tuesday. Rather than ignore them for a day, Jeff Wilson has decided to just go ahead and post them with captions.
Derek Holland, unofficially the King of Goof, gets caught on camera with his glove on his head.
Ian Kinsler, one of the top defensive second baseman in the American League, works on his craft.
Closer Joe Nathan is starting to push Josh Hamilton for the spring lead in autographs signed.
Manager Ron Washington said that Michael Young, above, could see time at shortstop this spring.
No one is having more fun this spring or has more fun on the baseball field than Ron Washington.
Below is a video of Texas Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis throwing his live batting practice session on Tuesday. Lewis is slated to be the team's No. 1 starter when Cactus League games begin next week, pitching the opener vs. Kansas City on Sunday.
The Rangers have finished up for the day, finally, after their workout was delayed two hours by the annual players association meeting. Union chief Michael Weiner took the club through several topics, including the Ryan Braun situation. Braun tested positive from a performance-enhancing drug, but his appeal was upheld after questions were raised about the handling of his urine sample.
Left-hander Joe Beimel will throw Wednesday after taking a few days off because of elbow stiffness. He said that he received a cortisone injection last year and also did strengthening exercises when his elbow flared up. There's in very little level of concern.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus took batting practice on the field and didn't seem to be bothered much by the remnants of the wart removal on his left heel.
The winner of the clubhouse Daytona 500 pool, in which drivers were drawn blindly from a hat for $20, was utility infielder Yangervis Solarte. He's from Venezuela, and said he previously knew only one NASCAR driver, the one from neighboring Colombia. "Montoya," he said, referring to Juan Pablo "Jet-Engine Blower-Upper" Montoya. Solarte now also knows winner Matt Kenseth.
The Rangers saw two of their young starters wear down some late last season, so they just used the off-days and All-Star break to get Alexi Ogando and Matt Harrison some time off. The Rangers will have two more starters this year worthy of some extra monitoring, Yu Darivsh and Neftali Feliz.
Manager Ron Washington said that the Rangers will open the season with a five-man rotation, and the possiblity of six-man rotation has not been discussed. Washington seemed to think of it as a long shot Tuesday morning. He called Darvish and Feliz thoroughbreds, and doesn't want to put any limitations on them.
With Scott Feldman and Alexi Ogando stretched out a starters this spring but likely headed for the bullpen, they could very well take a load off the rotation early on by pitching multiple relief innings.
Washington has been keeping an on eye on the field of left-handed candidates for the bullpen. The most interesting candidate would appear to be Martin Perez, the Rangers' top pitching prospect who is being groomed as a starter. Washington said that if Perez is the best lefty in camp this spring, it would lead to a "discussion" whether to put him in the bullpen or continue to let him grow as a starter at Triple A.
Lefty Joe Beimel (elbow stiffness) said that he will throw Wednesday.
The players association is holding its annual meeting with the Rangers this morning, which is expected to delay today's workout until at least noon. Players were expecting to get a breakdown of the new CBA and a full discourse on the Ryan Braun testing saga.
Here's a clip of closer Joe Nathan facing hitters. Not sure if the audio picked it up, but he asked the minor-league hitters he was about to face if they wanted to know what was coming, and their enthusiastic response was something along of the lines of, "Hell, yes!"