Texas Rangers (5-6-1) vs. San Diego Padres (7-3-0)
Jamey Wright (0-0, 3.86 ERA) vs. Justin Germano (0-0, 6.75 ERA)
9:05 PM CST in Peoria, Arizona (Peoria Sports Complex)
TV: MLB.TV | Radio: MLB.com Gameday Audio (XPRS 1090 AM)
|SS||Ramon Vazquez||CF||Scott Hairston|
|2B||Ryan Roberts||2B||Tadahito Iguchi|
|CF||Josh Hamilton||3B||Kevin Kouzmanoff|
|3B||Hank Blalock||1B||Adrian Gonzalez|
|RF||Marlon Byrd||SS||Khalil Greene|
|1B||Ben Broussard||C||Michael Barrett|
|LF||David Murphy||LF||Chase Headley|
|C||Gerald Laird||RF||Jeff DaVanon|
|P||Jamey Wright||P||Justin Germano|
Notes: The Texas Rangers have optioned Joaquin Arias (Triple-A Oklahoma), Julio Borbon (High-A Bakersfield), Thomas Diamond (Double-A Frisco) and Max Ramirez (Frisco) to minor league camp, while simultaneously re-assigning non-roster invitees Elvis Andrus, Chris Davis, German Duran, Kea Kometani, John Mayberry, Chris Stewart and Bill White to minor league camp. As a result, the Rangers now have 51 players on their spring roster.
None of these reassignments come as any great surprise, other than perhaps the Duran move. This effectively brings an end to the talk of Duran potentially making the club as a utility infielder coming out of spring training; granted, that was never much more than a long shot at best.
Right-hander Brandon McCarthy (elbow inflammation) was scheduled to return to Dallas today to receive what Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram described as "an injection of his [McCarthy's] own blood platelets into the inflamed area that will help promote recovery."
However, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reported on Monday afternoon that McCarthy was scheduled to undergo a second MRI on his right elbow this evening, taken from a different angle and performed by team physician Dr. Keith Meister, to confirm that the original diagnosis was indeed correct.
Dr. Meister remains confident that there is no damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in McCarthy's elbow, but the Rangers would rather be safe than sorry with their 24-year-old hurler. McCarthy, who is expected to be out anywhere from four to six weeks, will not resume a throwing program until he is pain-free. His setback on Friday afternoon was the catalyst behind right-hander Doug Mathis's transfer from minor league camp to major league camp yesterday.
Veteran right-hander Sidney Ponson, signed yesterday as a sort of insurance policy to enhance the club's minor league pitching depth, arrived in camp on Monday and threw a bullpen session. The Rangers aren't certain when he'll pitch in a game. His minor league contract includes an out clause, which allows him to become an unrestricted free agent if not added to the big league roster by May 1st.
Kevin Millwood (hamstring) tossed 51 pitches during his simulated game on Monday afternoon, while Joaquin Benoit (weak arm) fired 16 pitches; neither experienced any pain during their respective outings. Great news on both counts.
Southpaw C.J. Wilson (biceps tendinitis) reported no pain in his left shoulder after playing catch from flat ground on Saturday, and was scheduled to throw a bullpen session today. There's no immediate word on how he performed, but hey, as they say: no news is good news.
[10:00 PM CST Update: T.R. Sullivan reports that Wilson threw with no problems today, but that MRIs on Travis Metcalf and Taylor Teagarden have revealed a partial hamstring tear and bone bruise on the left wrist, respectively. Uh oh.]
Eddie Guardado, Jason Davis, Josh Rupe, Kameron Loe and Matt Harrison are all scheduled to pitch in relief of starter Jamey Wright tonight.