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Tuesday newsletter time: A day later, a ticked off Evan Carter goes deep

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Evan Carter appears to be just fine. Jon Gray will confirm that.

Carter was back in action Monday, the day after being hit by a pitch in the left forearm and leaving the game. X-rays were negative, and Carter was ready to go in a camp game on main back field (Nolan Ryan Field) at the Surprise Recreation Campus.

He connected for a home run against Gray on a 3-0 pitch. The homer was the only run Gray allowed in two innings. Adolis Garcia also played, going 2 for 4 with a double off the center-field wall.

Carter told reporters in Surprise that he was miffed by the hit by pitch more than he was injured.

“Just pissed,” he said. “It looked like there was a golf ball under my arm yesterday, and today it’s not even bruised or anything. It’s just a little red.”

Carter’s clean bill of health is, of course, the best news the Rangers could have received after he was plunked. They are playing without Josh Jung for a few more weeks as he nurses a strained left calf, and Corey Seager could miss the start of the regular season after having surgery late last month for a sports hernia.

The Rangers are taking things easy with Garcia, who will play in a Cactus League game this week. The same goes for catcher Jonah Heim, who is expected to debut Thursday.

Winn’s bid

Right-hander Cole Winn overcame a rough start to his spring debut but recovered to allow one run in 1 2/3 innings as the Rangers beat the White Sox 4-2.

Winn allowed a hit, walked a batter and hit another in the first inning but limited the damage to only one run. Control has been an issue the past two seasons at Triple A Round Rock, and he must throw strikes to get an opportunity in the majors.

He talked about it early in camp in Friday on the Farm.

“I settled down and was able to control the counts a little better,” said Winn, the 14th overall pick in 2018.

Winn is on the 40-man roster, which plays to his advantage. He also pitched well last season as a reliever, and the Rangers are evaluating multi-inning candidates for the bullpen.

Short on rotation depth, the Rangers need starters in the minors in case of injury and might want to see Winn working as a starter at Round Rock.

Rangers: Full-Access debuts

A film crew has been following the Rangers around all spring to shoot a documentary as the club prepares to defend its World Series title, and their work is ready for public consumption.

Rangers: Full-Access debuted Monday on YouTube. Watch it here.

The first episode lasts only 8 minutes, 41 seconds, but the producers managed to pack plenty of content into it. Episode 1 is definitely worth watching, and I assume the following episodes will be, too. The documentary will run through the end of spring training.

With the Rangers’ TV future unsettled, the team is exploring other ways to generate revenue through original content that appeals to a wide spectrum of fans. Rangers: Full-Access has a title sponsor, T Mobile, so that checks the revenue box. With episodes expected to be no more than 15 minutes, that appeals to fans who get their content in short bursts rather than long-form storytelling.

Doggy video!

The after and the before. Enjoy.

 

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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