Saturday, February 20, 2010
Surprise Six: Saturday spring training recap
By Richard Durrett
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A shortened workout day is in the books. Here are six things of note from Saturday's action:
1. Derek Holland tweaked his right knee during a shuttle drill as part of the agility work he was doing on Saturday. He will go through treatment this weekend and see how the knee feels on Monday. If there's no improvement, he'll have an MRI to get a better look at what's going on. He's a contender for the fifth spot and even a minor injury won't help in a competitive camp like this one.
2. Neftali Feliz talk was buzzing around camp today as the Rangers talked about all of their options. They certainly don't have to make a decision now as to whether he's a starter or reliever. But there will come a time this spring that they do. Check out more about Feliz here.
3. Rain impacted the workouts on Saturday. The Rangers did get out there and throw some bullpen sessions and even some live batting practice, but things got cut short thanks to the wet weather. Chances are good that Sunday will be a better weather day. After all, it doesn't rain often during spring training.
4. Welcome to camp, Ian Kinsler. The Rangers second baseman arrived on Saturday to a wet greeting. He's looking forward to getting things going. We'll have more from him in the coming days. Endy Chavez also showed up on Saturday. He's not expected to be fully healthy from a knee injury until June or so.
5. Another free agent catcher is apparently off the market. According to a FoxSports.com report, former Ranger Rod Barajas has agreed to terms with the Mets for a one-year, $1 million major league contract that could include another $1 million in incentives. So Texas will have to look at some other options, likely via trade, if they want to bring in another veteran catcher.
6. ESPN.com's Jorge Arangure Jr. did a blog post on how the club wants Nelson Cruz to take on more of a leadership role this season. It's worth checking out.