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February 26, 2012

Sunday morning in Surprise: It's workout time

The first full-squad workout is set for this morning, and it's a perfect morning weatherwise. First up is a team meeting in which manager Ron Washington will deliver a short rah-rah speech, without tape recorders present.

Josh Hamilton attempted to clarify is comments from Friday about his contract situation. As far as owing the Rangers, he said that he owes them priority in the off-season when negotiations pick up. Of course, the Rangers haven't ruled out something happening this spring, while Hamilton seems to have moved on to the off-season.

Right-hander Mike Adams requested on Saturday that he not throw so that he could give his shoulder an extra day. There's no injury. He just didn't think that throwing three bullpen sessions in six days was a good idea, and pitching coach Mike Maddux agreed. Adams, who was behind entering camp because of hernia surgery in early January, is throwing a bullpen and live batting practice today. "I just wanted an extra day of rest," Adams said.

The Rangers are looking for a player who is willing to be their rep to the union. C.J. Wilson held the post for the past three seasons, but he's no longer with the club. David Murphy was the back-up rep two years ago, but says that he would likely decline if asked because of the time demands. Julio Borbon and Darren O'Day were the back-up reps last year. O'Day is gone, and Borbon was asked on to help explain matters to Spanish-speaking players.

Mike Olt, the Rangers' top power-hitting prospect, said that he received a first-baseman's mitt two weeks ago and is ready to give first base a shot. He has never played it in a game. The Rangers also believe that Olt could play in left or right field, and he's on board with that, too. "I'm not sure which position," Olt said. "The lineup we have is pretty stacked. You just have to go with the flow every day."

-- Jeff Wilson



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