Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Updated: March 24, 9:33 AM ET
Wilson in line to start second game
By Richard Durrett
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Based on the remaining spring training work schedule announced Tuesday by pitching coach Mike Maddux, converted reliever C.J. Wilson is in line to start the second game of the season for the Texas Rangers.
Matt Harrison, like Wilson a left-hander who entered the spring having to earn his way into the rotation, is lined up to pitch the fourth game.
No official announcement has been made. The Rangers entered spring training with one open spot in the rotation, but projected No. 4 starter Tommy Hunter suffered a strained left oblique muscle last week and won't be ready for the start of the season.
Wilson and Harrison would join a rotation that includes right-handers Rich Harden, Scott Feldman and Colby Lewis.
After pitching five innings Monday, Wilson said he's shown enough to be a starter.
"Especially considering I haven't done it in five years," Wilson said Monday. "I feel like I'm going out there and getting better every time. But it's up to other people to judge that."
Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland and Brandon McCarthy were the other rotation candidates, but Wilson and Harrison distanced themselves with their performances in Cactus League play.
In three spring outings, Harrison has a 2.00 ERA with 10 strikeouts and one walk in nine innings. In four outings, Wilson has a 4.50 ERA with 10 strikeouts and two walks in 14 innings.
Maddux has lined up his staff so the rotation will be, in order, Harden, Wilson, Feldman, Harrison and Lewis when the season starts against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 5 at Rangers Ballpark.
That scenario splits up the two lefties.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.