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February 25, 2012

Saturday Surprise wrap-up

Rangers pitchers and catchers finished their workout at about noon local time, and a large contingent of position players also worked out on the day they had to report to spring training. Every player has been accounted for, and the Rangers' first full-squad workout will take place Sunday morning.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus said that he could be limited as he recovers from having a wart removed from his left heel. This wasn't just a little Compound W. A doctor burned the surface of the wart and then carved out the rest of it with a sharp object, Andrus said. He played catched Saturday but otherwise did very little.

Yu Darvish threw 20 pitches during a five-minute bullpen session and threw another 22 during five minutes of live batting practice. Mike Olt, in big-league camp as a non-roster invite, and former first-round pick Jake Skole faced Darvish, and Yorvit Torrealba caught him. Darvish threw all of his pitches and was down in the zone with his misses, said minor-league pitching coordinator Danny Clark.

Among the pitchers who impressed Clark and manager Ron Washington were left-hander Martin Perez and right-hander Neil Ramirez, both top pitching prospects. Washington said that Perez is a candidate to be a lefty in the bullpen even though he's projected as a big-league starter.

Joe Nathan, Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando also impressed Washington with their work in the bullpen. Washington said he did not see any pitcher throw live batting practice.

-- Jeff Wilson

 

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