<
>

Jurickson Profar, infielders impress skipper

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- On Wednesday morning, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was as fired up as I can remember prior to a spring training scrum with the media.

He had just finished working out infielders Jurickson Profar, Brent Lillibridge, Luis Sardinas, Rougned Odor and Adam Rosales and was thrilled by what he saw as he put them through the paces on ground ball drills.

"They put on a show," Washington said. "I must have hit about a thousand balls this morning and not one ball hit the ground. Everything I hit was in a glove. Everything. Everything."

Washington said he can't ever remember that happening in all of his years coaching infielders.

"And I've been doing this for a long time," Washington said. "Some guys had to make some adjustments from the day before and they showed me they did. They were thinking about it. It wasn't like they walked off the field yesterday and that was the end of it. It was something they took pride in and came back the next day. I was impressed."

Washington does this with several group of infielders each day, though he said Thursday might be a day off with the first full squad workout scheduled that day.

Profar can't throw and isn't swinging a bat either, as he deals with shoulder tendinitis. But he was taking grounders and working on his footwork. Washington was happy with the results so far.

Other notes:

* RHP Colby Lewis threw his second live batting practice session of the spring and felt good. Washington watched carefully, curious how fluid Lewis might look two days after he threw his first session. The manager was pleased. Lewis did a better job of commanding the arm side of the plate, something he struggled with Monday.

* Every position player was accounted for Wednesday, even though the first workout isn't until Thursday. Elvis Andrus and Prince Fielder were both in the clubhouse and working out, as they were the last to arrive.