Texas Rangers: What To Expect From Tomorrow’s Game
The Texas Rangers will play their first game of Spring Training tomorrow afternoon. They’ll take on the Kansas City Royals. This game it’ll be the first test for Texas. The excitement begins.
Rangers Manager Jeff Banister probably won’t have his starters play. If he does, it’ll probably be a few, but for just an inning or so. At the moment, Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton are dealing with injuries. However, both injuries are not considered serious. It’s doubtful that the Texas Rangers we’re planning to play them anytime soon, anyway.
I wouldn’t be surprised if no starters played in the first couple of games. Of course, there’s really no need to use them, but the most important thing is that Texas needs to be very cautious of their use of starters. In other words, Texas needs their starters to be injury-free.
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I expect Banister’s lineup to be a majority of minor league prospects. Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross are sure to pitch a few mounds in the next couple of games. Every now and then a starter may play an inning or two, but for now, Texas should just use prospects. Yu Darvish, Martin Perez, and A.J. Griffin could play a bit in the next few days.
Texas’ first full squad workout was on Tuesday. Besides Hamilton all of a sudden feeling pain in his knee, everything went well. On Wednesday, Hamilton was in Houston to have his knee examined. The next day, he was back in Arizona with the team and he was feeling great, per Fox Sports.
As a result of the setback, Hamilton is unlikely to play a game for a few weeks. Of course, he’ll practice, but on a limit basis.
In any case, everyone on the team needs to be ready for anything.