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February 28, 2012

Tuesday Rangers wrap-up from Surprise

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.

-- Jeff Wilson

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