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Saturday a.m. Rangers things

Saturday morning Rangers news and links

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, everyone.  Spring training has started for the Rangers, and lest you think it is all happiness and joy for those covering spring training, check out what happened this morning:

Jon Daniels said yesterday that Jurickson Profar needing surgery is "not a total surprise," and defending Profar from the internet and talk radio armchair doctors who have ripped Profar for not having surgery in September.

Jeff Banister will be running his first workout as a major league manager today, and Sullivan writes that Banister is ready.

Neftali Feliz says his arm feels better than ever this spring.  Feliz worked out with a personal trainer this offseason, and lost 10 pounds as a result.

Anthony Andro writes that there will be a battle for bullpen spots this spring, with only Neftali Feliz, Tanner Scheppers and Shawn Tolleson considered locks for the Opening Day roster.

Jeff Wilson writes that the Rangers have "a bit of an edge" this spring, wanting to prove doubters who are dismissing them as contenders wrong.

Gerry Fraley has a story on the areas where Robinson Chirinos needs to improve behind the plate.

Colby Lewis says he doesn't think he'll be affected by the new rule changes to quicken play.

In former Ranger news, Josh Hamilton was expected to be out 6-8 weeks with a shoulder injury, but now, according to the Angels, he could be out as long as 12 weeks, which would push his return into May.

Sullivan's notes talk about Feliz and his personal trainer, Ryan Rua having been at camp for two weeks already, and Spencer Patton missing out on pitching in a pennant race by being traded to Texas last year.

The S-T's notes talk about the pace-of-play rule changes and Feliz feeling good.