Rangers add more protective netting at ballpark

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers have installed additional protective netting that spans the length of the dugouts on each side of their home ballpark.

Rangers officials said Thursday that the new netting is about 6 feet high above the dugouts. That extends the nets about 68 feet from the end of the current home plate screen on both sides.

Rob Matwick, the team's executive vice president of business operations, said the Rangers already were in compliance with Major League Baseball safety recommendations issued in December. He said the Rangers were reviewing and considering additional options to provide protection for fans sitting behind the dugouts at Globe Life Park even before those recommendations.

The AL West champions play their season opener April 4 at home against Seattle.

The Kansas City Royals also are installing additional netting at Kauffman Stadium, and the Minnesota Twins will be extending their nets to the far end of the dugouts before the season.