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February 13, 2013

Surprise Wednesday morning report: First official workout begins

Before the first official workout of the spring, Ron Washington met with the 36 pitchers in big-league camp and had a simple message.

"I told them, 'You can't make the team the first day out here,'" Washington said. "There's a lot of knowledge out here in camp, so use it. Stay healthy and have fun."

Shortly after, the pitchers and catchers trotted to the backfields of the Surprise Recreation Campus to start the first workout of the spring.

Among them included Yu Darvish and Derek Holland, two pitchers Washington talked at length about during his first gathering with the media. DARVISH

Darvish is going into his second season and even though the number of Japanese media covering him have dropped, his expectations have risen. He finished last year strong and is looking to take another step forward in his sophomore season.

Washington said Darvish should have no major transitions going into this season, as the Rangers and him have a better understanding of each other.

"He can speak up, and he will be heard," Washington said.

As far as Holland, Washington said he's seen the 26-year-old mature over the past off-season. Holland is trying to limit his outside distractions and focus more on baseball.

Here are a few other notes from the morning:

* Washington on the Rangers adding a utility player from the outside: "We've got some good internal pieces, but when there's availability on the outside, you have to look at it. It's no knock on what we have, you've just got to continue to look."

* Washington on if this is a transitional year for the Rangers: "I don't see it as no transitional year. We lost a few players, but we still have some good ones here. Our attitude and expectations haven't changed."

-- Drew Davison


Star-Telegram photos/Ron Jenkins


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