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February 27, 2013

Wednesday morning Rangers update: Cody Buckel survives

Right-hander Cody Buckel is living, breathing and over his five-walk Cactus League debut Tuesday, and the Rangers' pitching prospect has turned the negative into a positive.

He said that he became overwhelmed with adrenaline while pitching for the first time in an A game as a member of a big-league spring roster. Buckel said that everything was OK in the bullpen, though his fastball command was a tick off.

"My warmup pitches were pretty good, actually," he said.

But nothing much went right thereafter, and he was pulled after recording only one out. He threw 31 pitches, but only 10 strikes. One of those was a deep drive by Gordon Beckham that curved just foul and just missed being a grand slam.

"I'm going to learn from it," Buckel said. "I kind of lost myself mentally. I had a little bit of adrenaline going, and I couldn't really calm myself down. It was something new."

On the injury front, add Craig Gentry to the report, though the center fielder said he will be on it only a day. He was scratched from today's lineup with left hamstring tightness, which is said is the result of an accumulation of all the activities he does in a day. "It just needed a day," he said.

The Rangers have informed Major League Baseball that Spain might have to replace outfielder Engel Beltre on its roster. Beltre was examined by a local orthopedist Tuesday, and no structural damage was found. The Rangers, though, are concerned that the muscle strain hasn't improved. Players who are competing in the WBC will have their last workout with the Rangers on Saturday.

-- Jeff Wilson

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