Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 4/8/13
ARLINGTON, Texas Julio Borbon doesn't know what his baseball future holds, but he knows that after Tuesday it likely won't have anything to do with the Texas Rangers. The club is expected to designate Borbon for assignment Tuesday to clear room for starting pitcher Nick Tepesch. It's almost an automatic that Borbon won't clear waivers, which will end his time with the organization that used a supplemental pick on Borbon in 2007. Borbon is greeting the news with a mixture of sadness and excitement. "Where, that's the question," Borbon said. "There are options of different teams that you here. There's nothing you can guarantee. It's very weird, especially being here. You feel comfortable being around the guys, but not the situation." Borbon made the Rangers out of spring partly because he didn't have options remaining. The extra time on the roster provided Texas with an opportunity to deal Borbon if it could. It hasn't happened and Borbon has had just one at-bat in the first six games for the Rangers. Texas general manager Jon Daniels said last week that Borbon was a better outfielder that some other players on major league rosters. "It's not like it's a sad ending," said Borbon. "It's just a change of scenery. I've just got to play. I've got to know what my role is and at this point I don't." Borbon, who was the Opening Day centerfielder for Texas in 2010 and 2011, is still trying to get his head around knowing that his time with Texas is likely ending. "It's more about seeing it end at this point than where it's starting," said Borbon, 27. "Once I'm in a different uniform, I'd tell you I'm excited. But at this point I don't know. It's leaning on the sad side today. All I want to do is if I'm giving the opportunity is to help a team any way I can." Borbon knew regardless of what happened this spring that if he made the roster, his playing time would come behind both Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry. That didn't affect the way he prepared for the season. "He was climbing up a slippery slope and he made it to the top," Washington said. "He is a class act. He came in with his back so far up against the wall it was nailed up against there. He came off without any blood and you have to give him credit. He's been a pro."
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