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35 days until pitchers and catchers report

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

35 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training for the Texas Rangers.

I don't know if there will be a #35 on the Rangers this season.  Jim Adduci was #35 for Texas in 2013 and 2014.  We talk about what an injury-plagued season 2014 was for Texas, but one of the things that made it especially bad was that it wasn't just regulars who were hurt...there were also key reserves and depth players who missed significant time, meaning the Rangers had to deep much farther into the well in looking for help.

Adduci was supposedly to be key depth for Texas in 2014, a guy who looked like he might be a late bloomer who had impressed the team in 2013, and ended up making it on the major league roster at the end of the year.  Adduci was looked at as someone who could potentially be in the mix to replace David Murphy, a guy who could be a fourth outfielder or the lefty-swinging side of a platoon in 2014.

But Adduci broke his finger, then broke his finger again, and then, once he was healed, he didn't hit, putting up a .168/.239/.228 line in 117 plate appearances in the majors for Texas, contributing significantly to the team's left field situation being such a disaster.

And Adduci now won't even be in the United States for the 2015 major league season, having instead been sold to the Lotte Giants of the KBO, where he'll be teammates with former Ranger pitcher Josh Lindblom and former Aggie pitcher Brooks Raley.  2014 Rangers Ryan Feierabend, Brad Snyder, and Phil Irwin are also going to be playing in the KBO in 2015, as will former Ranger Dustin Nippert, so there will be lots of guys playing ball in South Korea this coming season who can reminisce about their days in Texas.