The Rangers gave their final spot on the 25-man Opening Day roster to outfielder Julio Borbon and have told right-handed relievers Josh Lindblom and Cory Burns that they will open the season at Triple A Round Rock.
Borbon is out of options, and the Rangers did not expect him to clear waivers had they decided to go with an extra reliever. Borbon might be on the roster only until April 9, when the Rangers will need a spot on the 40- and 25-man rosters for No. 5 starter Nick Tepesch.
For now, he's on the team, and that's all that matters.
“I came here in a situation where everybody knew I was in a though spot,” Borbon said. “It’s a new chapter, going in with a different role. I’m doing anything I’m asked to do.”
The Rangers are actively trying to trade Borbon. They have four outfielders, and Leury Garcia can also play center field. Manager Ron Washington said that Borbon's role for now will be to pinch-run and pinch-hit.
Borbon hit .328 in spring training with nine RBIs.
"Borbon earned his way on this team," Washington said. "We didn't give anything to him."
-- Jeff Wilson