Only a handful of Rangers players made their way to the Surprise Recreation Campus on Saturday, which caused the arrival of Yu Darvish's parents to be the biggest happening of the day.
Mom and Dad showed up at mid-morning for a tour of the facility, and a devoted pack of Japanese media members jumped into action. The Darvishes, though, arrived without their famous right-handed son, who signed on with the Rangers last month. Darvish remains in Los Angeles, and his arrival date remains unknown publicly.
Among the players who showed up Saturday were left-hander Derek Holland, who was gone by 10 a.m.; right-hander Cody Eppley, who also served as Holland's driver; Mike Adams, who has been cleared for all activities after hernia surgery in January; and left-hander Ben Snyder, who has a full grasp on the importance of retiring lefty hitters this spring.
Adams said that he will likely be about a week or two behind the rest of the pitchers, who work out for the first time Thursday. Adams hasn't had a bullpen session but is planning to throw one Tuesday or Wednesday. He said that he usually has five or six bullpens before throwing live batting practice. The Rangers will throw live BP on Day 1.
-- Jeff Wilson