SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Elvis Andrus has a new tattoo and, after spending nine hours under a needle over the past two days, needs a day off with what the Rangers have called "sensitivity in left arm."
Andrus' tattoo is in memory of his father, Emilio Andrus, who passed away when Elvis was 7-years-old in 1996. It covers the majority of his upper left arm, featuring a picture of his dad. Around the photo are pictures of a track shoe, basketball and baseball as his father played all of those sports. There is also a bear claw near the bottom, as Andrus' father started a little league team named the Bears that are still around today.
"A little sore right now, but I'll be good to go tomorrow and Saturday," Andrus said. "But it's a memory of my dad. I'm really proud that it's going to be on myself forever."
Asked if he'd get another tattoo, Andrus smiled and said: "I'm done with this ... too much pain."
Rangers closer Joe Nathan has started his spring regimen a little behind the other pitchers, and threw a live batting practice session on Thursday morning. He's scheduled to make his spring debut on March 3, and here's video of him facing Brandon Snyder.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Lance Berkman is in the Texas Rangers' lineup for the first time in his career. He'll lead off as the designated hitter today against the Indians.
Berkman was slowed by a minor right calf injury earlier this spring, and is still recovering from right knee surgery. But he has been cleared to go by the medical staff.
Don't expect to see much of Berkman in the leadoff role, though. He's penciled in as the Rangers' No. 3 batter and has only led off once in his career during the regular-season.
Another scheduled debut this afternoon is Mike Olt in right field. He's going to replace Nelson Cruz midway through the game. Olt has been working in the outfield all spring and has been given the go-ahead from outfield coach Gary Pettis.
Olt joked that he'd like to show off his arm, although he admitted it's not as strong as Cruz's.
On the injury front, here's the latest:
* Outfielder Engel Beltre remains day to day with left shoulder soreness. Beltre is scheduled to play for Spain in the World Baseball Classic, but could pull out if his shoulder continues to bother him.
"It's getting better, but I'll decide tomorrow whether I can play for Spain or not," Beltre said.
* Colby Lewis will throw his first full bullpen session on Friday. It's another step in the process of recovering from flexor tendon surgery.
* Craig Gentry (hamstring soreness) will go through outfield drills today and believes he'll be ready to play on Friday.
* Joey Butler has been scratched off the list of extra players as he has lower back stiffness and is day to day.
* Tanner Scheppers (strained left hamstring) came out of his bullpen well on Wednesday, and will throw again Friday.
* Kyle McClellan and Wilmer Font are playing long toss out to 120 feet.
* Yoshinori Tateyama will be sidelined for a couple days with lower back stiffness.
Ariz. – Ron Washington isn’t
concerned about the Cactus League standings, which is a good thing for his
The Texas Rangers remained winless in six spring training
games by falling 8-4 to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at
Camelback Ranch. The Rangers are 0-5-1 and have been out-scored 47-25.
“If we were 0-5 after March 31, I’ll have some heart attacks
or something,” Washington
said. “But we’re putting guys out there and some are throwing good innings and
Robbie Ross, fresh off two scoreless innings in his spring
debut, is among the guys who are throwing well early in spring. Ross relieved
Alexi Ogando, who allowed two unearned runs in the second.
Ross worked a perfect nine-pitch third inning and worked
around a one-out walk and two-out single in a scoreless fourth. He was charged
with two runs in the fifth, though, serving up a two-out, two-run blast by Paul
“I felt good, everything was going right until then and he
happened to get a hold of it and hit it out of the park,” Ross said.
The Rangers pulled to within 4-3 in the sixth behind three
consecutive RBI doubles by Nelson Cruz, Jeff Baker and Brandon Allen.
But the White Sox extended their lead to 8-3 in the bottom
half with four runs off Collin Balestar. In the end, Chicago scored six of its runs with two outs.
“That’s not acceptable, but we’ve got to put guys out there
and see what they can do,” Washington
said. “Hopefully next time they get the ball things get better.”
Mark your calendars for May 21 and June 11. Those are the two bobblehead nights on the Texas Rangers promotion schedule, which was released Wednesday.
There will be a Nolan Ryan bobblehad on May 21, and a Yu Darvish on June 11.
Individual tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday and can be purchased at Rangers Ballpark, online at texasrangers.com or by calling 972-726-4377.
Here are other promotions via the release:
--Post-Game Fireworks Shows will take place every Friday night, a total of 12 shows which are all Fireworks Fridays with discounts on tickets. There will also be a spectacular Independence Day Show on July 4.
--Three post-game concerts: TobyMac on June 2, Budweiser Presents Casey Donahew on June 29, and Budweiser Presents Stoney LaRue on August 17.
--Three special One-Of-A Kind T-Shirt Giveaways: Capital One Bank Yu Darvish on April 9, Adrian Beltre on April 21, and Snapple/Brookshire’s Joe Nathan on May 19.
--Other Items for Youngsters: CPI Office Products Batting Helmet on April 7, Dairy Max Adrian Beltre Growth Chart on June 2, POWERADE Bat on June 30, Dr Pepper/Tom Thumb Red Build A Bear on July 7, Sleep Inc. Rangers Pillowcase on July 21, Chicken Express Wrestling Mask on August 17, and Dr Pepper/Albertsons Market Back to School Gym Bag on August 18.
--New Items for All Ages: Coca-Cola Picnic Blanket on April 30, Coca-Cola Pitcher and Cups Set on June 18, gloops Fedora Hat on July 2, Reliant Rangers Re-usable Bag on July 30, Sweet Baby Ray’s Rangers Beer Stein on August 13, and Smile Generation TEXAS Camo Cap on August 20.
--Fans can bring their dogs to the ballpark on May 2 for Bark in the Park presented by Natural Balance and Petco (advanced registration required and will be available in late March on texasrangers.com/barkinthepark) .
The early surprise in Rangers spring camp might be Nick Tepesch, who has impressed in the intrasquad game in his in Cactus League debut with three scoreless innings. He's the first official candidate to be the Robbie Ross of 2013. Video by Jeff Wilson.
Manager Ron Washington was asked about the weather so far this spring and if it has affected the Rangers in their early preparations, primarily if the weather has been responsible for the slow-appearing progress of Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre. Video by Jeff Wilson.