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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 sessions and will ramp things up to 30 pitches starting Monday.
So far, all is going well for the 28-year old who signed a two-year deal with the Rangers that includes a club option for 2015.
"Im feeling very good," Soria said. "So far this week I threw three bullpens Monday, Wednesday and Friday and it was perfect. I didnt have any pain, any soreness the next day or that day. I think this is the biggest step the first week of bullpens and everything went smooth. This is nice."
Soria has tried to ramp up the intensity in his bullpens and plans to start throwing breaking pitches in t...
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SURPRISE, Ariz. Yu Darvish might not know who Charlie Hough is but the Texas pitcher did his best imitation of the former Rangers pitcher Sunday.
During his bullpen session, Darvish threw one knuckleball.
Apparently there's no reason for Hough or Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to be concerned about the knuckleballing legacy.
"Before I started throwing a knuckleball...
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.
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...
SURPRISE, Ariz. The two locks in the Texas Rangers bullpen don't seem concerned about how the rest of the staff will fill out.
Closer Joe Nathan and free agent signee Jason Frasor are confident with the amount of arms in camp and the quality of the pitchers, the bullpen will be just fine once the season starts.
"We've got a new pen but it's nothing new,"...
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz said Friday it was “shocking” and “depressing” to see his name came up in connection with a Florida clinic now at the center of Major League Baseball’s latest drug investigation.
Cruz, however, said he could not shed any light on why his name is reportedly in the records of Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti...
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...
SURPRISE, Ariz. Texas manager Ron Washington said the team's choice for an Opening Day starter is a no brainer.
That doesn't mean he's ready to reveal his choice to start the March 31 game at Houston.
"Performance, experience, matchups," Texas manager Ron Washington said of the decision-making process. "We could go either way."
The two choices...
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'...
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.”
Let’s quickly get it out of the way that Texas isn’t a town, it’s a state. But Josh Hamilton played for the Texas Rangers last season, and he was referencing the entire state, as well as the Dallas area in which the Rangers play. He certainly not making the fans miss him anymore than he did when he spurned the Rangers to sign with divisional rival Los Angeles. When asked about...
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...
SURPRISE, Ariz. Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington wasn't taking the Josh Hamilton bait Monday.
Hamilton told Fort Worth television station CBS 11 Sunday that the Metroplex isn't a baseball town.
"Texas, especially Dallas, has always been a football town," he said in an interview with Gina Miller. "The good with the bad is they're supportive, but they...
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...
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.
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...