Roster moves and more.
Texas has optioned lefthander Derek Holland,
righthander Brandon McCarthy, and outfielder Craig Gentry to Oklahoma City and
righthander Alexi Ogando to Frisco, and has assigned non-roster catcher Kevin
Richardson to minor league camp. The
McCarthy move presumably means the club got the veteran through revocable
waivers, a formality but a prerequisite to the option given the length of time
since his arrival in the big leagues.
The pitching moves all but cement the makeup of
the Opening Day staff, with righthanders Doug Mathis and Willie Eyre reportedly
locked up in a competition for the final bullpen spot (though one report
suggests roster member Guillermo Moscoso has a shot at the job as well). Mathis is on the 40-man roster; Eyre is not. Bet on Mathis getting the nod, with Eyre and
Moscoso options should Darren O’Day (bone bruise or inflammation in right
elbow) be unable to go to start the season.
The fact that righthander Luis Mendoza remains
in camp suggests the club may be trying now to trade him. Failing that, he’ll be designated for
assignment (if he hasn’t quietly been already).
The roster stands at 38 members but will be at
40 once Ogando and Omar Beltre are reinstated from the restricted list at the
end of camp. (Mendoza’s removal will
bring it back down to 39.)
The Rangers have also announced that, contrary
to several local reports earlier this week, Scott Feldman will get the Opening
Day start, rather than Rich Harden, who will pitch Game Two (followed by C.J.
Wilson, Colby Lewis, and Matt Harrison).
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