Surprise special: No Darvish yet, maybe no Uehara at all

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Greetings from Surprise, Ariz., where only a handful of the 58 players expected in big-league camp for the Texas Rangers enjoyed a pleasant 65-degree day under sunny skies.

Among those here who I saw after their morning workouts are Mike Adams, Yoshinori Tateyama, Mark Hamburger, Ben Snyder, Neil Ramirez and Robbie Ross. Among the minor-leaguers here early is Luke Jackson, signed in the compensation round in 2010.

Among the missing, much to the disappointment of a small group of Japanese media, is Yu Darvish. His arrival date is unknown publicly, though he has been in Los Angeles for more than a week. The group of six media members from Japan at the Surprise Recreation Complex this morning is expect to grow to at least 125.

The news of the day was the potential trade of Koji Uehara. A source said early this afternoon that the trade of the reliever and his $4 million contract would free up enough money to possibly sign free-agent right-hander Roy Oswalt.

But another baseball source said that any money saved in the Uehara trade will be designated to help the Rangers trim their payroll and won't be used to bring in Oswalt or another free agent, left-hander Michael Gonzalez. General manager Jon Daniels said on Sunday that the club is over budget and is unlikely to add any players.

Pitchers and catchers must report Wednesday. Darvish will be here at some point. Uehara, though, might not be. Oswalt and Gonzalez, it appears, have very little chance.

-- Jeff Wilson

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