NEWBERG REPORT UPDATE — MARCH 25, 2008
According to several local reports, righthanders Franklyn German and Jamey Wright have sealed jobs as relievers on the big league staff, and righthanders Frankie Francisco and Eric Hurley have been sent to minor league camp. There are still two open bullpen jobs.
Both German and Wright are non-roster players and so two players will need to be removed from the 40-man roster to accommodate their addition — one will evidently be outfielder Nelson Cruz, while John Rheinecker is a likely shift off the roster to the 60-day disabled list. It gets a little trickier once a move must be made to make room for Adam Melhuse, assuming he sticks as the backup catcher, though righthander Robinson Tejeda will lose his roster spot if he doesn’t earn a job on the Opening Day roster.
In addition, the club has officially named C.J. Wilson its closer, which is no breaking news but is obviously an indication that the Rangers are comfortable with the soundness of Wilson’s arm and his readiness to take the ball in the ninth inning when the season begins in six days.