Sunday, March 13, 2011
Surprise Six: Sunday camp recap
By Tim MacMahon
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers’ biggest developments of the day involved a couple of players who didn’t participate in the World Series rematch with the Giants.
Here are six developments that will make Richard Durrett wish he didn’t take the week off:
1. Third baseman Adrian Beltre, the Rangers’ prized offseason acquisition, is ready to make his spring debut. Beltre, who has been sidelined by a calf strain, will play Monday against the Dodgers. Manager Ron Washington said Beltre will play in the field and get two or three at-bats.
2. Brandon Webb, the former Arizona ace who is trying to come back after a two-year layoff due to shoulder problems, was very pleased with his second live batting practice session of the spring. “I thought it was pretty damn good,” Webb said after the 61-pitch session.
3. Tommy Hunter, on the other hand, was not a happy right-hander after the Giants roughed him up for seven runs (four earned) on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. “This spring stinks,” Hunter said after his ERA soared to 8.31.
4. A crowd of 12,014 packed the Surprise Stadium seats and outfield berms for reminisce to see the AL and NL champions play again. That set a stadium record.
5. Shortstop Elvis Andrus had five RBI, which is one-seventh of his total from last season. After adding 10 pounds and dropping a spot in the batting order, Andrus believes his RBI total will rise significantly this season.
6. There was no morning media clubhouse access. The Rangers had their annual private concert from country music star/minority owner Charley Pride -- "Awesome as ever," PR poobah John Blake tweeted -- and a meeting with the Major League Baseball players association.