Good morning, everybody...
Just two more days until Opening Day...
The Rangers lost again yesterday, 5-0 to the Mets. Gerry Fraley has a game report you can check out here.
Dave Sessions notes that the Rangers had as many errors as they had hits yesterday.
RHP Logan Verrett, claimed on waivers from the Orioles (who selected him in the Rule 5 draft from the Mets), started for Texas yesterday, and Jon Daniels says that, "barring something extreme," Verrett will be on the Opening Day roster.
Verrett is excited about the opportunity to pitch for the Rangers.
Fraley writes that starting the year with two Rule 5 picks -- Delino DeShields, Jr., is also a Rule 5 pick and likely to make the team -- is something that hasn't been done in MLB for a decade.
DeShields would have to play a "functional role" on the team if he sticks, according to Jon Daniels.
On the injury front, Shawn Tolleson will likely start the season on the active roster, while Tanner Scheppers, Kyuji Fujikawa, and Lisalverto Bonilla will start the season on the disabled list.
Jeff Wilson writes that the Rangers are going to have an inexperienced bullpen, and right now, Roman Mendez, Jon Edwards, Alex Claudio and Phil Klein are fighting for the final two spots.
Anthony Andro has a story about the bullpen situation and the Rangers making their final decisions.
Bernie Pleskoff has a piece praising Ryan Rua, the Rangers' starting left fielder.
T.R. Sullivan has a story on Yovani Gallardo suddenly being the Opening Day pitcher for his hometown team.
The S-T's notes talk about Logan Verrett, Joey Gallo's surgery, and Lisalverto Bonilla's elbow.