Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Camp News and Notes

via local sources (where not noted):

Holland will throw a bullpen Wednesday and Friday and pitch Monday.
Clay Rapada is a (lefty) sidearmer, in case I haven't mentioned it before.

Per Jeff Wilson, there will be a 6 man rotation beginning March 9th comprising 13 pitchers. So at the very least we know which fringy guys will be getting a long look (Nippert, Moscoso, Mathis, Mendoza):

The Rangers will use a six-man rotation after the first five games this spring, and everyone has a partner: Rich Harden and Doug Mathis (Thursday); Scott Feldman and Dustin Nippert, and C.J. Wilson and Neftali Feliz (Friday); Tommy Hunter and Matt Harrison (Saturday); Brandon McCarthy, Luis Mendoza and Guillermo Moscoso (Sunday); and Colby Lewis and Holland (Monday). Harden, Lewis and Mathis pitch Thursday in the spring opener, and Feldman, Nippert, Wilson and Feliz all will throw Friday. The six-man rotation starts March 9, when Harden and Mathis go again. Wilson and Feliz will pitch again March 10. Feldman and Nippert on March 11.

Hamilton will not play until Friday at the earliest. His shoulder hurts more when throwing so I guess he could start off at the DH spot for his first few games.

Durrett on O'Day (esp the bit about pitching from either side of the rubber, a move that Maddux recommended):
O'Day had a 1.94 ERA in 55 2/3 innings with the Rangers, including 20 holds and two saves. He had 54 strikeouts to 17 walks. O'Day's sidearm (submarine-like) delivery fooled batters and was made even more effective once Maddux had him move to either side of the rubber depending on what side the hitter was on.

Chris Ray scratched from today's intrasquad do to "general body soreness" (WTF!?). And his mechanics are weird and freak Evan Grant out.
Madrigal threw long toss today with no problems but his return is TBD.

Jeff Wilson on Cruz and his gimpy ankle (hurt mid-season and then again in winter ball, but now 100% it seems):
Now, Cruz is moving without difficulty at the Surprise Recreation Campus at a lean 240 pounds, and moving toward his goal of staying healthy and being more consistent at the plate.His average hovered around .300 as he entered June, but he finished at .260. Part of the problem was an inability to hit left-handed pitching. The right-handed hitter batted only .235 against lefties, which he said can be traced to poor pitch selection."I've got to be more patient and wait for my pitch," Cruz said. "I had a bunch of lefties behind me. They were pitching around me. I've just got to take my base."


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