Notes: Brandon Webb, baby talk, outfield

February, 20, 2011
2/20/11
10:45
AM CT
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Brandon Webb did not throw a bullpen session as scheduled today, but said he feels fine. Webb said the club wanted to take a careful approach after he had what he described as a "heavy long toss" day on Saturday.

Webb did throw on Sunday, tossing for about 15 minutes from 110 feet. He isn't sure when he might get on a mound next.

"I feel good, I really do," Webb said. "I come in and he [pitching coach Mike Maddux] lets me know what I'm doing."

Other notes:

* David Murphy arrived in camp. His wife is due with the couple's third child and first boy, Cole, on March 8, but he knows it could be any time now.

"I'm on call," Murphy said.

Murphy said he's going to do what he can to prepare to have a better start to the season. He said slow starts have hurt his playing time in the past.

Murphy is not upset he's listed as the fourth outfielder, but wants to play well enough to force his way into the lineup. More on that later.

* Julio Borbon said he's ready to get to work and continue to improve his overall game, especially defense. Outfield coach Gary Pettis is looking forward to seeing what Borbon retained. Pettis said the outfielder improved "100 percent" during the season and expects even more improvement this spring.

* Jeff Francoeur, now with the Kansas City Royals, came into the Rangers' clubhouse this morning to say hi to his former teammates and coaches.

* TOPPS baseball card company had a representative in the clubhouse showing off the 2011 cards. Players opened packs and chuckled at some of the photos. Adrian Beltre is swinging from his knees in his card.

* The position players had physicals this morning and will have a team meeting shortly before heading out to the field. It rained this morning, but the sun is out. Not sure if the wet conditions will keep the players from doing much today during workouts.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.88 154 122
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .325
HRA. Beltre 14
RBIA. Beltre 53
RA. Beltre 52
OPSA. Beltre .889
ERAY. Darvish 2.88
SOY. Darvish 154