Elvis Andrus declared he’s ready to go this spring after an abysmal 2014 season in which he wasn’t ready to go. He has already begun wiping away the Ron Washington era with his non-grammatically-challenged statement yesterday, “That’s the way baseball is,” when talking about, at 26 years old, begin the longest-tenured position player on the Rangers roster. He and Mitch Moreland are the last two remaining position players from the 2010 World Series team.
If Spring Training performance matters, then Ryan Ludwick helped out his cause yesterday with a home run in his first at bat. He ended up 1-3. One guy he is battling for playing time, Nate Schierholtz, went 1-1, to raise his spring average to 1.000.
Yu Darvish is ready to pitch today. He is scheduled to toss a couple innings in a Spring Training start against the Royals. Darvish was 10-7 last year with an ERA of 3.06.
Edgar Olmos was never olmos ready to pitch for the Rangers, so Texas sent the left-handed reliever back to the Mariners, voiding the waiver claim they made on him, due to injury.
The Rangers pitching got slammed yesterday in a 13-2 loss, in particular two of the five projected starters. Colby Lewis agreed to pitch extended batting practice to the Kansas City Royals hitters in the first inning, allowing their hitters to work on a few things like timing and pitch recognition. Yovani Gallardo wasn’t a whole lot better. But it’s just the first of many meaningless spring games. Check with me the last week of Spring Training, then I would be worried.
Leonys Martin got a hit, so did Choo, who also got an RBI. Those are good things, especially Martin. Gallo went 0-2, but he didn’t strike out, which is a good thing.
The Rangers play the Royals again today at 2:05 Central. This will be one of many games in which nobody will have any idea who those guys playing in Rangers uniforms actually are, although Joey Gallo will start at third. We hope everyone knows who he is soon enough.