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Surprise Six: Monday spring training recap

2/23/2010
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GM Daniels Addresses Greene Situation

Richard Durrett speaks with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels about Khalil Greene not being in camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Let's take a look at six issues from Monday at spring training (kind of a one-stop shopping center of what went on today).

1. Khalil Greene's locker was cleaned out before players arrived early Monday morning. The utility infielder and his decision not to report to spring training was the big story of the day. Greene, who told his agent on Sunday that he wasn't going to report, has dealt with social anxiety issues in the past. The move means the Rangers have some options on what to do with Greene and what to do to fill his spot on the roster.

2. Greene's situation means the Rangers will look mainly internally to fill that spot. They'll keep an eye on other clubs, but the liklihood is it's internal. That gives Joaquin Arias a great shot. And he's a natural shortstop, something that is important to the Rangers for that utility spot. He's out of options and knows he has to show something now.

3. LHP Derek Holland was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday afternoon. Dr. Keith Meister is expected to arrive in Arizona on Tuesday to read the results and the club will then decide how to proceed. For the second straight day, Holland was walking around the clubhouse without a brace on his right knee and without a limp. He doesn't seem too worried about it.

4. SS Elvis Andrus arrived and is ready to prepare for the 2010 season. He's actually been preparing for a while now, including winter ball in the Dominican Republic. Andrus sure seems to have a mature head on his shoulders. He discussed how to improve upon his solid rookie season.

5. CF Julio Borbon also arrived in camp on Monday, meaning the Rangers' two speedy lineup bookends were at spring training early. Rain prevented Borbon and Andrus from getting in some good work in the field, but both hit in the cages. BTW, I shot some video of both of them taking swings and you can see that by following me on twitter @ espn_durrett.

6. OF Endy Chavez said he hopes to be ready to play in May. Chavez had his right knee wrapped in ice, but said he can play catch and run in straight lines. He isn't doing any side-to-side movement on it. Chavez seemed in good spirits and talked about how the injury occurred, as he and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt ran into each other last June.

"It was a tough pop-up and nobody called it because it was between us," Chavez said. "I didn't think he was going to get that far into left field. I was about to catch it and I saw him in front of me and said, 'Uh, oh.' I couldn't get out of the way. I got ready for a collision. I thought he was going to hit me in the shoulder but he flipped me."