02/24/08 4:22 PM ET
Notes: Catalanotto eyeing rebound
Rangers veteran more relaxed after injury-plagued '07
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Pace of game: Rangers officials met with Daryl Hamilton on Sunday, the former outfielder who now works in the Commissioner's Office. The discussions revolved around rules, and the pace of the game remains a prime topic of discussion.The Rangers were told that umpires will enforce the 12-second rule between pitches -- they will once again make a concerted effort to keep hitters in the batter's box and relief pitchers will not be allowed to throw another warmup pitch in the bullpen once the umpire signals them into the game. Transgressors could be subject to a fine. The Rangers also asked about instant replay and were told it remains a possibility, but only on determining if a possible home run down the line is fair or foul. Both shortstop Michael Young and pitcher Kevin Millwood were somewhat skeptical of big changes in enforcement. "We hear that every year," Young said. "If they want to speed the game up, that's fine, but there are times when you have to let the game play itself out. If it's two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the bases are loaded, you can't have an umpire telling you to get in the batter's box." Said Millwood, "I don't know what to say about it. I understand some guys take a little too long to throw the ball, but more times than not, the hitters take longer than the pitchers." Millwood tweaks hamstring: Kevin Millwood "tweaked" his right hamstring while doing his conditioning drills on Sunday. He is still scheduled to make his first spring start on Friday against the Kansas City Royals. Millwood missed most of May last season with a strained left hamstring. "Hopefully, this is minor," Millwood said. "We'll know more tomorrow." He said it: "The best thing I've seen in this camp is our young starting pitching: Luis Mendoza, Eric Hurley, Matt Harrison, those guys. Our young starting pitching looks very good." -- Catcher Gerald Laird Briefly: The Rangers are holding a Minor League minicamp on the back fields to prepare some players for possibly being used in Major League exhibition games, if needed. The pitchers include Tommy Hunter, Omar Poveda, Michael Ballard, Zach Phillips, Beau Jones, Kasey Kiker, Michael Schlact, Doug Mathis and Brennan Garr. ... The Rangers first intrasquad scrimmage will be held at noon MT on Monday on the Nolan Ryan Field, rather than the main stadium. The scheduled pitchers are Matt Harrison, Kazuo Fukumori, Scott Feldman, Jason Davis, Robinson Tejeda, Bill White, Warner Madrigal and Paul Kometani. ... The Rangers went over their pickoff plays on Sunday and manager Ron Washington said they've covered every fundamental in camp. They begin repeating the process on Monday by reviewing bunt plays. ... Shortstop Joaquin Arias (shoulder) is not likely to play the field in an exhibition game until mid-March. Arias continues to progress in his throwing program and Washington said, "His throws are more firm and more confident every day."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.