Texas Rangers: starter
Today's candidate: Randy Wells
SURPRISE, Ariz. – Veteran Randy Wells just wanted to start over after going through a season of arm issues and surgery.
“It was hindering my range of motion and nagging me as I tried to throw,” Wells said. “But I feel good and I want to show I’m healthy. I think mentally being 100 percent is the biggest thing for me. I rehabbed at home. I missed the game and wanted to get back strong and pitch well. Getting the head right was huge for me.”
Wells said he has told friends that this is the most excited he’s been about his career now that he feels healthy.
“I’ve always wanted to play in Texas,” Wells said. “I’m looking forward to a good opportunity. I’ve always had a love affair with Texas. I’ve always been a National League guy growing up in St. Louis, but this is my American League team. I’ve got a lot of friends that live in Dallas and other parts of Texas. They’re excited. It’s one of those things I’ve always wanted to play here.”
Wells said he doesn’t try to overpower anybody, instead mixing things up with a sinker, slider and changeup.
“The changeup is my out pitch,” Wells said. “If I am changing speeds and have movement going, I’m pretty confident I can hang. I’m not going to pay attention to what other guys are doing. You can’t do that. I want to focus on what I need to do and hopefully things come out on top.”
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