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  • Rangers' Dustin Harris: Scratched with oblique soreness

    Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said that Harris was scratched from the lineup for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Brewers due to "a little soreness in the oblique area," Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    Harris, who has gone 3-for-10 with a double and two RBI through his first five spring training games, was slated to start in left field and bat seventh Thursday before he developed the oblique issue. Though Bochy seemed to downplay any concern about the injury, given the tendency of oblique issues to linger, it wouldn't be surprising if Harris was held out for the next several days. Harris was a standout performer between the Double-A and Triple-A levels in 2023 and already possesses a spot on the 40-man roster, but with fellow prospects Evan Carter and Wyatt Langford seemingly ahead of him in the outfield pecking order, Harris is likely to return to Triple-A Round Rock to begin the 2024 season.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Shaky debut

    Sborz allowed two runs on a hit and a walk while striking out one over one relief inning during Wednesday's spring game against the Dodgers.

    Sborz made his Cactus League debut, and the results were different from the last time he pitched in a competitive environment; the right-hander shut the door on Arizona for the final out of the 2023 World Series. Giving up a two-out, two-run home run to the No. 9 hitter Wednesday wasn't ideal, but it should not prevent Sborz from filling an expected role as part of manager Bruce Bochy's high-leverage bullpen crew. He could see save opportunities for a team with a volatile closer situation.

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  • Rangers' Cody Bradford: Logs second spring appearance

    Bradford allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two over two scoreless innings during Wednesday's spring start against the Dodgers.

    Bradford made his second Cactus League start in a quest to claim the fifth spot in the rotation. To that end, he's reintroduced a curveball to his repertoire to go along with a four-seamer, slider and changeup. "It's just to have something to steal strikes with," Bradford said. "It was a good pitch for me [in college], so I'm trying to get back to basically figuring out how to do that again." Or, if the rotation doesn't work out for Bradford, the lefty could land a bullpen spot. He pitched in both roles in 2023, including five relief appearances during Texas' postseason run, when he allowed one run over 7.2 innings.

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  • Rangers' Jack Leiter: Hit hard in second outing

    Leiter allowed one run on four hits while striking out one over two innings in Tuesday's spring game against Arizona.

    Leiter, making his second Cactus League appearance, entered to start the fourth inning and was lit up. All five balls in play off him in the fourth registered at least 95.5 mph with two of them north of 100. The damage was mitigated by right fielder Evan Carter throwing out a runner at home on a two-out single by Ketel Marte. Leiter got it together in the second frame, retiring the side on 11 pitches. Tuesday's outing was a microcosm of the pitcher's 2023 campaign, when he was sent to the Development List to work on mechanics with a 5.51 ERA after his first 15 starts. The right-hander was better upon his return, posting a 3.31 ERA over the final four minor-league appearances.

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  • Rangers' Marcus Semien: Launches spring homer

    Semien went 1-for-2 with a walk, a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's spring game against Arizona.

    Semien launched Eduardo Rodriguez's first pitch of the game over the wall in left center. It was the first Cactus League homer in four at-bats for Semien, who belted 29 for the Rangers in 2023. He's expected to bat leadoff once again in 2024 and has missed just one game over the last three seasons.

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  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Makes second spring start

    Dunning allowed two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batsman while striking out two over two innings in Tuesday's spring start against the Diamondbacks.

    Dunning allowed runs in each of his two innings and threw 40 pitches (28 in the second frame). "I got into trouble but worked out of certain situations, made some pitches when I needed to, but I just can't get myself into those positions to begin with," Dunning told Michael Reynolds of MLB.com. He also threw the new pitch he's been working on and induced a pop-out, after he spiked the same pitch during his Cactus League opener last Friday. He'd kept the pitch a mystery, but the Diamondbacks' Salt River Fields is equipped with Statcast, which indicated the pitch was a splitter. Unlike 2023, when the right-hander started in the Rangers' bullpen, Dunning is rotation bound in 2024.

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  • Rangers' Evan Carter: Back in lineup Tuesday

    Carter (forearm) is starting in right field and batting second for the Rangers in Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Carter had to exit Sunday's game after being struck on the left forearm by a pitch. X-rays came back clean, though, and after playing in an intrasquad game Monday, he's back in the lineup Tuesday. While he's playing right field Tuesday, Carter projects as the Rangers' Opening Day left fielder.

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  • Rangers' Cole Winn: On starter path

    Winn allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one over 1.2 innings in Monday's Cactus League start against the White Sox.

    Winn ran into early trouble in the form of a walk, a single and a wild pitch, giving up a run while struggling to control the count. He was pulled with two outs in his second frame after bumping up against a 40-pitch limit. A first-round pick in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft, Winn's career stalled at Triple-A Round Rock the last two seasons to the extent the organization moved him to the bullpen. However, strong stint as a starter in the Puerto Rican Winter League put him back on a path to a rotation spot.

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  • Rangers' Jon Gray: Throws intrasquad game

    Gray threw two innings in an intrasquad game Tuesday, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports. He allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three.

    Gray is set to occupy a spot on the rotation while the Rangers cope with injuries to Jacob deGrom (elbow), Tyler Mahle (elbow) and Max Scherzer (back). The 32-year-old Gray sparkled in the first half of 2023 but became inconsistent and eventually landed on the injured list with forearm tightness. His plan during the offseason was to adjust his pitch mix in 2024. Normally a heavy fastball-slider hurler, Gray plans to add more changeups and curveballs to the mix. "Hopefully we go from using them two or three times [per game] again to closer to 10," he said. "So just trying to show the slider and fastball less... It'll make the fastball and slider a little bit better." Gray threw well out of the bullpen during the Rangers' postseason run, but he should get a long run in the rotation until the injured starters return. Scherzer is due back in June while deGrom and Mahle are projected to make their 2023 debuts in the second half of the season.

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  • Rangers' Evan Carter: Plays in sim game

    Carter (forearm) took swings against Rangers right-hander Jon Gray in an intrasquad game Monday, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    Carter was forced out of Sunday's Cactus League game against the Giants after being hit in the left forearm by a pitch, but after X-rays returned negative, the young outfielder said Monday that he expects to be fine moving forward. Though Carter won't play in Monday's Cactus League game against the White Sox, manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that the 21-year-old will be available to play Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks, per Shawn McFarland of The Dallas Morning News.

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  • Rangers' Andrew Heaney: Fans five in spring debut

    Heaney allowed one hit and one walk while striking out five over two scoreless innings in Sunday's spring start against the Giants.

    Heaney's Cactus League debut got off to a rocky start, as the left-hander walked the first batter on four pitches and then hit a batter. He settled in after that, striking out two before inducing a groundout to avoid any damage. Heaney is expected to slot in third in the Rangers' rotation.

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  • Rangers' Evan Carter: X-rays return negative

    Carter had X-rays on his left forearm come back negative Sunday, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    The 21-year-old exited Sunday's exhibition against the Giants after being hit by a pitch, and the negative test result is an encouraging development. Carter should be able to rejoin the Rangers' Cactus League lineup within the next few days.

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  • Rangers' Evan Carter: Exits after HBP

    Carter was removed from Sunday's spring game against the Giants after being hit by a pitch on the left hand/wrist, Shawn McFarland of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Carter initially attempted to stay in and run the bases but then exited the contest after being examined by the training staff. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, and the 21-year-old should be considered day-to-day until more information is available.

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  • Rangers' Nathan Eovaldi: Makes spring debut

    Eovaldi allowed one hit and one walk over two innings in Saturday's spring start against the Royals.

    Eovaldi worked around a leadoff single and two-out walk in the first inning, as the right-hander went unscathed during his Cactus League debut. His fastball sat at 96 mph and touched 97 mph, per Shawn McFarland of the Dallas Morning News.

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  • Rangers' Cody Bradford: Touched for run in spring debut

    Bradford allowed a run on two hits and struck out one over two innings in Friday's spring start against the Royals.

    Bradford, who is the leading contender to be fifth starter, was the lone Ranger to throw multiple innings. The right-hander followed Dane Dunning, who pitched a perfect first inning. Bradford ceded a two-out solo home run in the second inning before a 1-2-3 third inning. He may open the season in the rotation, but it's not expected to be a full-season assignment. Texas has three injured starters due back at various points during the season. Additionally, Bradford's track record -- 6.95 ERA, .884 OPS, 1.6 HR/9 over 33.2 innings as a starter in 2023 -- suggests the back end of the Rangers' rotation could be in flux.

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  • Rangers' Wyatt Langford: Makes spring debut

    Langford started in left field and went 0-for-2 with a walk in Friday's spring game against Kansas City.

    Langford, a highly anticipated prospect, made the first of what's expected to many spring appearances, as he competes for a roster spot. He should bounce around at both corner outfield spots and designated hitter.

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  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Throws perfect inning Friday

    Dunning threw one scoreless inning in Friday's spring start against the Royals.

    Dunning retired the side in order, inducing a flyout, groundout and lineout to kick off the Cactus League schedule. The right-hander tinkered with a new pitch during the offseason, the type of which he would not divulge to Kennedi Landry of MLB.com. He threw it once during Friday's outing and spiked it well short of the plate. It appears to be a variation of a splitter. Dunning's current arsenal includes a sinker (33.1 percent in 2023), slider (23.4 percent), cutter (20.0 percent), changeup (15.6 percent) and curveball (4.7 percent). He's penciled into the Opening Day rotation, but things could change in the second half of the season, when injured starters Jacob deGrom (elbow), Tyler Mahle (elbow) and Max Scherzer (back) are ready to pitch.

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  • Rangers' Kumar Rocker: Throwing from 120 feet

    Rocker (elbow) has progressed to 120 feet with his throwing program, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

    He'll continue at that distance for another week or so before going into a brief scheduled rest period. The goal is for Rocker to begin throwing off a mound in early April, which would be the first time he's done that since he had Tommy John surgery last May. Rocker is hoping to appear in games around midseason.

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Injuries

Player Injury
C. Seager SS Corey Seager SS Groin
J. Jung 3B Josh Jung 3B Calf
M. Scherzer SP Max Scherzer SP Back
J. deGrom SP Jacob deGrom SP Elbow
T. Mahle SP Tyler Mahle SP Elbow

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