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Tuesday newsletter time: More trimming of Rangers’ camp roster is under way

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SURPRISE, Ariz. — Another wave of decisions has started at Rangers camp, manager Bruce Bochy said, and will continue into this morning as the team begins to pare down the roster with Opening Day only nine days away.

Catcher Jose Godoy and outfielders Sandro Fabian and Elier Hernandez were reassigned Monday to minor-league camp.

Bochy said that the Rangers have a good idea of what the bullpen will look like March 28, when the Rangers begin defense of their World Series title. He didn’t say which eight relievers will make the team, but he did say that there is a spirited debate about the final spot.

The Rangers won’t leave Arizona on Saturday with their roster determined. They will have to wait to see if Corey Seager (sports hernia) and Josh Jung (left calf) will be ready after not playing so far this spring.

The team will bring some players with them who will make the team only in case of injury.

“We’ll be honest with them,” Bochy said.

The Rangers still haven’t named an Opening Day starter, though they could do that today. If it’s not Nathan Eovaldi, I’ll eat my hat.

They also haven’t told Wyatt Langford where he will start the season. The outfielder drove in his MLB-leading 17th run Monday as the Rangers lost 9-5 to the Mariners. Adolis Garcia also homered.

Garcia is going to make the team. Langford should, and he could be told as soon as today.

Others, though, will have to wait.

Seager’s outlook

The only person who truly knows how Seager feels is Seager himself, and he said on Monday that he feels fine. That usually means a player thinks he is good enough to play.

Seage has nine days to get there. He said that he will continue to build up strength, through live batting practice and minor-league games, and Bochy said the shortstop is a candidate to play in the two exhibition games March 25-26 against the Red Sox.

All signs are pointing to him being in the Opening Day lineup.

Seager wasn’t ready to proclaim that he will be there. He’s a veteran who knows how things go, and he also knows that missing a few games in March and April to be certain that he’s 100 percent is better than aggravating the injury and missing a few dozen games.

The hunch here is he was sandbagging Monday when talking to me. That seems to be his style, as does showing up with minimal preparation but raking anyway.

 

All loaded up

The Rangers’ equipment truck departed for Texas on Monday. It was packed with all the stuff the Rangers will need for the regular season, including lots of golf clubs but minus the equipment needed to get through the rest of the spring.

It’s about the surest sign yet, other than a look at the schedule, that spring training is drawing to a close. Next up will come the transports that haul players’ cars home.

This year some players and staff opted to come to camp the weekend before pitchers and catchers reported Feb. 14 so that they could slide over to Scottsdale for the Waste Management Open. Rangers Today still prefers to call it the Phoenix Open.

It’s the zany PGA tournament in which fans cheer loudly at the par-3 16 and drink until they can’t stand without wobbling. Things were so crazy this year that the staff at the TPC of Scottsdale cut off the sale of beer, food and water in an attempt to control the crowd near the entrance and exit of the tournament.

The weather was also an issue, and rains led to sloppy paths between holes.

It sounds like an awful time.

Leaving Arizona, though, sounds like heaven to those who have been hear since mid-February.

Doggy video!

Just a game of chicken(s). 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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  1. deGrom Texas Ranger March 19, 2024

    Langford and Carter should finish 1st and 2nd, respectively, in RotY voting. Thus, the additional chances of getting a draft pick and/or international money to spend (maybe to get Roki Sasaki) + the odds of winning more with they guy Mike Trout wishes he could be outweight any chance of delaying Langford’s service time.

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