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Saturday morning Rangers news and links

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Well, so much for Nelson Cruz coming back to Texas.

Geovany Soto is seeing an Achilles specialist on his sore Achilles tendon, although he says that, if it were the regular season, it would be a non-issue, he'd just tape it up and go.  UPDATE -- While doing the morning links post, news broke that Soto will be having surgery to remove a bone in his ankle, and will miss three weeks.

Its Shin-Soo Choo day in the local papers today...

Drew Davison has a story about Choo, writing about when he was first scouted by the Mariners as an amateur, and including quotes from Ron Washington about him being "old school."

Gil Lebreton has a column on Choo, in which he talks about Chan Ho Park, knowing how to deal with pressure, and his issues with lefthanders, which Choo says is mental, not physical.

T.R. Sullivan also has a story on Choo, and also invokes the memory of Chan Ho Park.

Evan Grant writes about the impact Choo will have on scoring runs in the first inning, looking in particular at the problems the Rangers had in that regard last season, when the were 14th in first inning runs.

Richard Durrett has a story on Choo, talking about how Choo needs to set the tone for the Rangers lineup at the top of the order.

Evan Grant has five things he's thinking about after yesterday's workouts, including the Rangers being able to use a four man rotation the first week of the season if Matt Harrison isn't quite ready, Elvis Andrus bunting less (and Evan agreeing that Elvis needs to bunt less), and Tim Bogar bringing analytics to the Rangers bench.

Davison has a rundown on the various injuries in Ranger camp, including an update on Matt Harrison, who had an MRI yesterday on his back which showed "nothing concerning."

The Rangers are having a competition in their situational hitting drill, with Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre on different teams, and betting on the outcome, with the loser having to buy lunch for everyone.

Michael Choice is trying to stick to a routine to improve his consistency.

Davison writes that Craig Gentry and David Murphy are making a positive impression on their new teams, though Craig Gentry missed a workout yesterday and is getting an MRI on his back.

Sullivan has some notes on Soto, Moreland in the outfield, and various Ranger injuries.