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Anthony Ranaudo removed with "discomfort in right arm"

Anthony Ranaudo was pulled mid-inning today due to discomfort in his right arm

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Anthony Ranaudo, the righthanded pitcher for the Texas Rangers who is fighting for a spot in the team's Opening Day rotation, was removed from his outing today mid-inning due to what is being reported to be "discomfort in his right arm."

No word yet on the seriousness, but "discomfort" is a lot like "pain," and a pitcher's arm hurting three weeks before the season starts isn't a good thing.

Ranaudo, who came over to Texas in the Robbie Ross trade, missed significant time in 2012 due a shoulder issue.  While Ranaudo was not expected to make the rotation this spring, him being sidelined is a definite blow to the team's depth, which is already going to be tested because of the absence of Yu Darvish this season.

UPDATE -- Well, this is good news, at least: