Found February 18, 2013 on MLB Buzz:
  SURPRISE, Az. – The Texas Rangers are Nate Robertson’s seventh organization since 2010, so he figured it was time to try something new.   Robertson, who was a 13-game winner for the 2006 American League champion Detroit Tigers, is still left-handed, and still wears glasses.   But, as he puts it, “I’ve basically reinvented everything I’ve ever done.”   Robertson, 35, is now a reliever, not a starter. He also is throwing sidearm, from a low three-quarters arm slot, rather than over the top.   It all happened almost by accident.   Robertson was starting in Triple A for the Toronto Blue Jays last season when a line drive struck him in the elbow, forcing him to the disabled list.   When he returned for the final two weeks of the season, the team had no room in its rotation, and needed him as a reliever.   Bob Stanley, the team’s pitching coach, asked Robertson to “drop down” and lower his arm slot. Robertson had success, and decided to stick with it.   Mike Grouse, a s
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
FIGHTING WORDS

Hamilton takes shot at Rangers fans

Josh Hamilton may have experienced a rebirth of sorts while with the Rangers, but he had some negative words for their fans as he joins up with the Angels. 

Darvish adds sense of humor to arsenal

SURPRISE, Ariz. Not only did Yu Darvish make his 2013 debut in an intrasquad game Tuesday, he unleashed his sense of humor. Darvish, who pitched the first inning of the game, took jabs at teammates Elvis Andrus and A.J. Pierzynski following his stint. Andrus made an error that extended Darvish's outing to 24 pitches. He was also a little concerned with Pierzynski catching...

WBC to begin without Rangers' Profar, Beltre

SURPRISE, Ariz. The World Baseball Classic will begin without either Jurickson Profar or Adrian Beltre participating. Profar informed the Rangers over the weekend that he's skipping the WBC in an effort to try and make the big-league club out of spring training. Beltre decided to bypass the first round because of soreness in his right calf. He could join the Dominican Republic...

Berkman, Beltre sit in intrasquad game

SURPRISE, Ariz. The Texas Rangers played their first intrasquad game Tuesday and neither Adrian Beltre nor Lance Berkman were in the lineups. Beltre would have played if it was the regular season but the Rangers are being cautious with his sore right calf. Beltre had an MRI on the calf which revealed some inflammation. The calf hasn't kept him from participating in any team...

Soria continues to progress from TJ surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. One of the main pieces for the Texas Rangers bullpen is taking his own time in getting ready for the season. Thats just the way the Rangers want Joakim Soria to approach the spring. Soria, who is coming off Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last April, is progressing at his own pace in his bid to get ready for the season. Hes throwing fastballs in his bullpen...

Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre suffers strained calf

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has decided against playing in the World Baseball Classic, as the slugger has sustained a slightly strained right calf muscle, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Beltre was planning to play for his native Dominican Republic this spring in the WBC, but Sullivan reports the third baseman decided to back out after “tweaking”...

Lance Berkman Doesn't Need a Glove

Lance Berkman is being a little presumptuous, isn't he?The newly acquired Berkman is so confident he's the Texas Rangers full-time designated hitter, he didn't even bother to bring a glove to Spring Training."For 12 years I never had to worry about it because the equipment guy in Houston just packed up my locker and it showed up in spring training," Berkman...

New hitting coach Magadan a busy man

SURPRISE, Ariz. New Texas Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan has been a busy man since full-squad workouts began for the Rangers. Magadan has been in the batting cages early and watching batting practice late to try and get a feel for what he has to work with. Beginning Thursday, when he has his first hitter's meeting in advance of Friday's Cactus League opener, he'...

30 Prospects in 30 Days: Cody Buckel – SP – Texas Rangers

Is Cody Buckel a top of the rotation pitcher? Or is he destined to be back of the rotation fodder. Read along as we walk through Buckel’s resume. I scouted Buckel last year and a short report is also included. Profile Cody Buckel was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 Amateur Draft out of Royal High School in Simi Valley, CA. The 20 year-old right hander is listed at 6’ 1...

Lance Berkman forgot to bring his glove to spring training

The Texas Rangers signed Lance Berkman to a $10 million deal because of his offensive abilities. Berkman is expected to DH for the team, and if he plays any defense for them, it will just be a bonus. Berkman is so focused on his designated hitter role that he didn’t even bother to bring a glove to spring training. “For 12 years I never had to worry about it because the equipment...

Rangers’ Profar passing on WBC

Texas Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar has decided against playing in the World Baseball Classic., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/rangers-profar-passing-on-wbc

Hamilton reflects on his Texas departure

Josh Hamilton says Texas Rangers fans were spoiled by the team's success over the last few seasons. Hamilton, who signed a five-year, 125-million deal with the Los Angeles Angels in December, helped the Rangers reach the World Series in 2010 and 2011. During an interview that was aired Sunday on CBS 11 in Dallas, Hamilton revealed why he left the Rangers and joined their American...

Rangers Top Prospects, Top Tools

Lone Star Dugout takes a look at the Texas Rangers' prospects with the system's best pitching, offensive, and defensive tools. In this feature, we asked a number of scouts to describe the featured tools, such as "Best Curveball," "Best Outfield Arm," "Best Power," and many more.

Rangers Fans Plan Surprise for Josh Hamilton in their Home Opener

Even though the man produced mammoth blasts (upwards of four in one game), drove in runs, and inspired many, fans of the Texas Rangers were slowly getting tired of Josh Hamilton towards the end of the 2012 season as he appeared to mail-in performances both at the plate and in the outfield. And still, Hamilton was the biggest free agent this offseason. And, of course, he jetted-away...

2013 Texas Rangers Team Preview

Ahhh…good ol’ Texas.  More like a country than a state.  If there was one state that I would money on to secede, it would be Texas.  (unless we sell Alaska to China for some futures in raw bamboo)  The Rangers spent 2010 and 2011 losing in the World Series, but couldn’t manage to make it back for a third time.  Any many thought they would the way they opened up the 2012...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.