Don't expect Rangers manager Ron Washington to get a Twitter account. The Rangers were informed about how to deal with today's media and given a lesson about social media, and Washington believes he'll pass on joining the Twitter craze.
Yu Darvish threw 34 pitches during live batting practice today, a 10-minute session in which he said he threw at 120 percent effort and felt better about than any of the three he has thrown this spring. Double A pitching coach Jeff Andrews, who was stationed on Darvish's field, said that might not be too far off by the way a couple fastballs took off up in the zone.
The buzzword was movement. Late and lots of it. Darvish kept the hitters, all minor-leaguers, he faced off-balance. In one sequence to Mike Bianucci, Darivsh threw a slider with side-to-side movement and came back with a curveball that broke from 1 o'clock to 7 o'clock. Manager Ron Washington counted five pitches (four-seamer, two-seamer, split, slider, curveball), and Darvish said he threw his changeup some as well.
Speaking of changeups, Neftali Feliz worked on his during live BP to a much higher class of hitters. He got Josh Hamilton to swing and miss two changeups, but David Murphy swatted one down and in for a homer. Mike Maddux and Washington were pleased with Feliz's work.
The Rangers announced their pitching rotation for the first five games: Colby Lewis on Sunday, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Darvish and Feliz. Darvish's first start will be March 7 vs. San Diego at Peoria. Just head due east on Bell Road. Washington said that this is not an indication of what the rotation wil look like on Opening Day. The Rangers would prefer to split up left-handers Holland and Harrison.
The Rangers might not take the field until after noon Tuesday because of a union meeting that has been scheduled for 10 a.m.
Neftali Feliz has been working on his changeup this off-season, and showed it off during a live batting practice session on Monday. He left one up, and David Murphy sent it over the rightfield fence. But, for the most part, it has come along nicely. Video of his session is below.
The Rangers are in the middle of a meeting about social media, which is probably a good thing. The first picture of the presentation was of Josh Hamilton on Friday morning. So, my guess is that there will be a discussion about how the media will pounce on something that seems insignificant.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus said that he will attempt to take grounders and hit in the cage today as his left heel is better. The swelling is down, he said, as is the pain after having a wart removed. The two remaining scars look like he was bitten by a really big spider.
Left-hander Joe Beimel isn't too worried about the stiffness in his left elbow. He won't throw today but is listed as day-to-day. He had some elbow issues last season, which the Rangers were well aware of when he was signed to a minor-league deal. Because it was a minor-league deal, the injury risk was worth taking.
Right-hander Matt West is throwing today after the Rangers gave him a day of rest Sunday. He said there are no issues anywhere in his arm.
The Rangers have only eight players not under contract for 2013 after 13 signed this morning. Those with new deals are OF Engel Beltre, $480,000; OF Julio Borbon, $490,000; RHP Jake Brigham, $480,000; LHP Miguel De Los Santos, $480,000; RHP Neftali Feliz, $502,000; RHP Wilmer Font, $480,000; RHP Mark Hamburger, $481,000; LHP Derek Holland, $504,700; LHP Michael Kirkman, $482,900; RHP Roman Mendez, $480,000; RHP Justin Miller, $480,000; RHP Alexi Ogando, $497,600; LHP Martin Perez $480,000.
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is a 'working manager.' It was evident during the first full workout of spring training on Sunday, as he tossed batting pracitce to most of his regulars, including Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre.
Here are a few Texas Rangers notes from Sunday afternoon:
* Left-handed reliever Joe Beimel is out at least 2-3 days with left elbow stiffness.
* Right-hander Matt West has right elbow fatigue, and didn't throw today. He is scheduled to throw on Monday.
* Ron Washington put utility infielder candidate Alberto Gonzalez through his standard 12-minute infield drill, and said he "killed [Gonzalez's] legs." Washington said that isn't too surprising on the first day, and expects him to breeze through them by the end of spring training. Gonzalez, Greg Miclat, Yangervis Solarte and Luis Hernandez are the four candidates for the job.