Derek Holland is scheduled to go to spring training on Feb. 22 or 23 when he gets off crutches. Holland had said earlier in the offseason that he was hoping to do his rehab in Arizona so that he could be around the team.
Holland had microfracture surgery earlier this offseason and is recovering after tripping on his boxer, Wrigley, on the stairs of his home and injuring his left knee.
Other notes from general manager Jon Daniels, who spoke to beat writers on Wednesday afternoon:
* The Rangers are still negotiating with Mitch Moreland on a contract for the 2014 season. Moreland, who is arbitration-eligible, and the club have a hearing scheduled for Feb. 19. When the two sides exchanged figures, Moreland was looking for $3.25 million and the Rangers offered $2.025 million. We'll see if the two sides can find enough common ground to avoid a hearing. The Rangers haven't had a hearing since 2000.
"I'm hopeful that we can (reach an agreement), but you get this close you have to be prepared," Daniels said. "I'm sure both sides have prepared their cases. I know we have, and hopefully we don’t have to go down that path. You have to be prepared for anything."
* Daniels said he's stayed in contact with Nelson Cruz's agent, Adam Katz, but expects the slugger to sign elsewhere.
"We check in periodically, but nothing’s changed there," Daniels said.
* Daniels indicated the Rangers aren't pursuing any right-handed bats on the free agent market at this time, opting to go internal at that spot. Those candidates include Alex Castellanos, Robinson Chirinos, and Michael Choice.
* The GM did not address anything about Tommy Hanson, though he said he hoped to add some pitching depth soon. It's likely that the club is waiting another day or two when they can place Holland on the 60-day disabled list, giving them room to put Hanson on the 40-man roster.
* Ben Rowen, the right-handed submarine pitcher, has some biceps tendinitis that will keep him from following the same schedule as the rest of the club's pitchers. But the club doesn't think he'll be too far behind.