ARLINGTON -- The Rangers announced Tuesday that pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. would shift from a starter to a reliever, and that Scott Baker would enter the rotation.
Ross started nine games this season for the Rangers with a 1-4 record and a 4.78 ERA. He spoke Wednesday about his new role.
"I got nine starts and out of those nine I could've at least had four or five that were really decent to the point where it was like 'OK yeah I can do it,''' Ross said. "But the ones that I did have, they weren't convincing."
Ross should be available out of the bullpen today against the Mariners. His last start was Saturday against the Blue Jays, and he said his main priority as a reliever is to get his focus back.
"It's obviously a challenge -- you are disappointed because [starting is] always something you wanted to do," Ross said. "It is disappointing but I've just got to get over it and get out there … you obviously never know what can happen so I'm just going to try to battle and work hard out there."
Prince out again, won't travel to Detroit
ARLINGTON -- First baseman Prince Fielder and center fielder Leonys Martin weren't in the lineup again Wednesday against the Mariners.
The Rangers had planned for Fielder -- who had an injection for a herniated disc in his neck Friday -- to re-enter the lineup Tuesday after not playing Saturday or Sunday against the Blue Jays. Fielder also won't travel with the Rangers to Detroit after Wednesday's game for a four-game series against the Tigers, but could possibly rejoin them Thursday after seeing Dr. Drew Dossett. This will be his fourth consecutive game sidelined.
"He feels normal," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "But he felt normal yesterday until he swung the bat."
Martin, who missed Tuesday's game because of stiffness in his neck, was still recovering Wednesday. Daniel Robertson, who was recalled Sunday from Triple-A Round Rock, played in the outfield and took over leadoff duties for the second day in a row. Martin was scheduled to lead off Tuesday.
"I don't feel ready to play," Martin said. "I don't want to go out there at 50 percent."
He added that if Wednesday's 1:05 p.m. game against the Mariners had been an evening matchup, he might have felt ready to play.
Gimenez makes first start
ARLINGTON-- After being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday, catcher Chris Gimenez made his first start for the Rangers Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners.
Gimenez is the backup catcher behind Robinson Chirinos and came to the Rangers as catcher J.P. Arencibia was optioned.
Gimenez batted seventh in the lineup, and was thrilled to make his Rangers debut.
"They really, really still felt that I had a chance to be a part of something here, and I bought into it," Gimenez said. "I've played against Texas for a few years and really, these guys have so much fun over here, and they do things the right way. Everything I've been told, it's been extremely true. From the front office down, this has been unbelievable so far."
Saunders building up pitch count
ARLINGTON -- Pitcher Joe Saunders, who is on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left ankle, is recovering well and should be ready to pitch soon.
Saunders made his second rehab start Tuesday night with Round Rock -- his fourth overall -- and threw for seven innings with eight hits and a strikeout.
"I felt strong, felt like I could've gone back out there for more." Saunders said. "I think I threw seven innings, I'm not sure how many pitches. I felt strong though, I felt good."
Rangers manager Ron Washington said Saunders is scheduled to make one more start according to his program, but that it's possible that he might not have to do so.
"We were certainly looking for what he gave us -- those results," Washington said. "Seven innings, 100 pitches -- whatever it was -- we were looking for those type of results and he gave them to us. We really don't have to make a decision on him for another five days. What I'm saying is it won't be that long, we just haven't talked about it since the game ended [Tuesday] night and we got the report."
Saunders said he feels good, regardless.
"It's not up to me," Saunders said. "It's out of my hands, but I feel like I'm in a good spot right now."
Sundberg, Pudge to represent Rangers at Draft
ARLINGTON -- Former All-Star catchers Jim Sundberg and Ivan Rodriguez, who won 19 Gold Glove Awards between them, will again represent the Rangers at the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
The first round of the Draft will be held on June 5 with Rodriguez and Sundberg representing the Rangers at MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Rangers have the 30th overall pick as compensation for the Orioles signing outfielder Nelson Cruz. They lost the 29th overall pick to the Reds for signing outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.
Sundberg is in his seventh year as a Senior Executive Vice-President for the Rangers and has become a regular in Secaucus for the Draft. He was joined last year by Rodriguez, who serves as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.
The 2014 Draft will take place on June 5-7, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 5, at 5 p.m. CT. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 6 p.m., with the top 74 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of the second and third days will begin with a live Draft show at 11:30 a.m. CT on June 6.
MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
• Second baseman Rougned Odor did not play Wednesday against the Mariners, but he is healthy. It's not due to an injury. Luis Sardinas made the start.
• Wednesday's 1:05 p.m. CST start time was the first of five day games for the Rangers in the next six days.
• Since the Mariners are only in Texas for two days, after a 6-2 loss Tuesday, the Rangers can't win the series. Texas is 0-4-1 in the last five series.
• Chris Gimenez is the 39th player the Rangers have used this season with his start Wednesday. That is tied with the Yankees for most in the league.
• The Rangers and Mariners have tied the season series, 4-4. Seattle has won three of the last four, including two in a row.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com p> T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.