04/03/10 1:49 PM ET
Rangers mum on contract talk
Feldman likely to be last player to get extension before season
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Hamilton knows it's about health
FRISCO, Texas -- The Rangers have had discussions with outfielder Josh Hamilton in the past about a multi-year contract. But those have been put on hold after Hamilton had so many injuries last season.The Rangers have not broached the subject lately. "Mine comes down to health," said Hamilton, who twice had to go on the disabled list last season because of the consequences of running into outfield walls. "You're not going to sign somebody long-term unless you know they are healthy and can play." Hamilton had a couple of minor injuries early in camp but is finishing Spring Training strong. He was hitting .393 going into Saturday's game against the Royals. He also made a diving catch in left field on a shallow popup on Friday night at the Ballpark in Arlington. "I'll dive for balls," Hamilton said. "I just need to be easier on walls."
Cruz in, Andrus still out
FRISCO, Texas -- Nelson Cruz returned to the Rangers lineup on Saturday for the exhibition game against the Royals, while Elvis Andrus remains sidelined with inflammation in his left wrist.Andrus, who had a cortisone shot on Friday, didn't play Saturday but is expected to work out on Sunday and be back in the lineup on Monday. Cruz missed Friday's game with a bruised right thumb but was back on Saturday and will be at full strength for Monday's home opener. "I'm good to go," Cruz said. "I'll be ready."
FRISCO, Texas -- The Rangers will have a closed workout on Sunday at the Ballpark in Arlington.Pitcher Colby Lewis is expected to throw approximately 70 pitches in a simulated game. Then the Rangers pitchers will go through one more fielding drill of covering first base, fielding bunts and other fundamentals. After that comes batting practice. The Rangers also need to set their final roster and they are going to wait until the last day. They know their 25-man roster, but Darren O'Day has been dealing with inflammation in the back of his right elbow. The Rangers want to make sure he is ready to go before they announce their final roster.
Blanco at second
FRISCO, Texas -- Manager Ron Washington confirmed that Andres Blanco, acquired a week ago from the Cubs, will be his Opening Day second baseman against the Blue Jays on Monday.Washington said Joaquin Arias will likely start on Wednesday in the second game of the season. "I want to make sure I get them both out there and get them in a game, and make a decision from there," Washington said. Second baseman Ian Kinsler is going to start the season on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.