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Rangers position battles all settled. Here are the winners

(AP photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


ARLINGTON — The Rangers were going to give shortstop Corey Seager and third baseman Josh Jung every opportunity to get healthy enough to be on the Opening Day roster, even if that meant taking the final decisions until two days before the start of the season.

Seager and Jung played six more innings Tuesday to close out the spring schedule. They are good to go Thursday night against the Cubs in Game 1 of 162, and so is the Rangers’ roster.

The Rangers will carry two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders, including 2023 first-rounder Wyatt Langford, to begin defense of their World Series title. They will also carry five starting pitchers and eight relievers.

Left-hander Jacob Latz and right-hander Yerry Rodriguez made the team as relievers, and the Rangers purchased the minor-league contracts of first baseman Jared Walsh and right-hander Jose Urena.

Newcomer Michael Lorenzen will not be one of them as the Rangers give him a little more time to prepare for the season after signing him Friday. First baseman Nathaniel Lowe (oblique) and right-hander Jonathan Hernandez will open the season on the 15-day injured list. The Rangers delayed Hernandez’s spring buildup after he dealt with a late-season late injury.

The Rangers will need to create spots on the 40-man roster for Urena, Walsh and Langford. One was created when Jose Barerro was designated for assignment and cleared waivers. He was assigned to Triple A Round Rock.

Here’s the roster:

Starting rotation (5)

Nathan Eovaldi, Andrew Heaney, Jon Gray, Dane Dunning, Cody Bradford

Bullpen (8)

RHP Jose Leclerc, RHP David Robertson, RHP Kirby Yates, RHP Josh Sborz, LHP Brock Burke, RHP Jose Urena, RHP Yerry Rodriguez, LHP Jacob Latz

Catcher (2)

Jonah Heim, Andrew Knizner

Infield (6)

1B Jared Walsh, 2B Marcus Semien, 3B Josh Jung, SS Corey Seager, UT Ezequiel Duran, UT Josh Smith

Outfield (5)

Evan Carter, Leody Taveras, Adolis Garcia, Wyatt Langford, Travis Jankowski

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. deGrom Texas Ranger March 28, 2024

    The last 3 relievers should have been replaced by a combo of Church/Antoine Kelly/Austin sub-3 ERA Pruitt/Jesus (Tinoco). Smith making it over Foscue and Crim sounds like a bad move.


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