Texas Rangers: Kyle Hudson
Hudson was in camp with the club, but with Leonys Martin starting at Triple-A Round Rock and the possibility of Julio Borbon starting in the minors as well, there didn't appear to be room for him.
Hudson, 25, hit .296 with 41 stolen bases and 23 RBIs in 119 games with the Baltimore Orioles' High-A, Double-A and Triple-A squads in 2011. He was promoted to the big leagues when rosters expanded in September and was 4-for-28 with two RBIs and two stolen bases in 14 games (started seven in right and one in center).
Catcher Tommy Mendonca, outfielder Kyle Hudson and infielder Yangervis Solarte were assigned to minor league camp. The fact that all three were cut is not a shock.
Of particular note, though, is Solarte, a candidate for the utility infielder spot. The 24-year-old was swinging a solid bat this spring, but had not played much shortstop. Manager Ron Washington said he wants a utility infielder that can play short.
"Solarte just needs reps and more time," Washington said. "He'll get to play second, short and third now."
So that leaves Alberto Gonzalez, Luis Hernandez and Greg Miclat battling for the utility infield spot. Washington said there is no favorite yet and it may take the rest of camp to make a decision.
* Catcher Yorvit Torrealba (back) said he felt better Tuesday. But he did not make the trip to Mesa and will also get tomorrow off with the rest of the team. He could be back Thursday.
"It was like the muscle disappeared or something," Torrealba said. "I just couldn't move as well. But it's better."
Torrealba said he took some swings on Monday and was planning on doing a full workout Tuesday.
* First baseman/outfielder Brad Hawpe's chances of making the team aren't being helped by injuries. He has a mild left hamstring strain and was held out of the lineup Tuesday. He may return Thursday after the off day Wednesday.
* Catcher Mike Napoli came out of Monday's game feeling fine. He's the DH today against the Cubs.
Kyle Hudson replaced Gentry in right field with one out in the inning. Gentry jogged off the field into the team's dugout.
It is unknown right now how it occurred. Gentry grounded out to third during the top of the fifth.
We'll have more after the game.
Hudson, 25, advanced from the Carolina League to the majors in the Baltimore Orioles organization in 2011. The left-handed batter combined for a .296 average with 23 RBIs and 41 stolen bases in 119 games with Frederick (High A), Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk before being promoted Sept. 1. Hudson was 4-for-28 with two RBIs and two steals in 14 games with Baltimore, starting seven games in right and one in center.
He was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Jan. 13 and released six days later.
The University of Illinois product was the Orioles’ fourth-round selection in the 2008 draft. Hudson has 119 stolen bases in his four minor league seasons and led the Carolina League with 40 steals at Frederick in 2010.
The Rangers have 17 non-roster invitees to spring training. There are currently 39 players on the club’s 40-man roster.
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