SAN ANTONIO — Julio Borbon stopped worrying about where he would open the 2013 season early in spring camp, and he isn’t going to worry much about it over the next 10 days.As of Saturday afternoon, Borbon is on the Texas Rangers’ Opening Day roster. He was informed that he will be with the club tonight for the season opener at Houston, and right-handed relievers Cory Burns and Josh Lindblom were told that they will start the season at Triple A Round Rock.Borbon will face more uncertainty about his future as the Rangers come closer to needing their No. 5 starter. The Rangers don’t want to expose Borbon to waivers, because it’s likely that another team would claim him.But until April 9, when Nick Tepesch’s contract will be purchased and the Rangers will need a spot on the 40- and 25-man rosters, Borbon said that he is just going to enjoy being in the major leagues again.“I came here in a situation where everybody knew I was in a tough spot,” Borbon said. “It’s a new chapter, going in with a different role. I’m doing anything I’m asked to do.”Lindblom, one of the two pitchers acquired from Philadelphia in the Michael Young trade, entered spring training as a front-runner to be in the bullpen. Burns and Lindblom had inconsistent springs, though Lindblom’s troubles were more prolonged. He allowed 14 hits in 10 1/3 innings and finished with a 6.10 ERA. “There were seven other guys that outpitched him,” manager Ron Washington said. “I think he just needs to pitch well in Round Rock, and everything will take care of itself.”Burns’ numbers weren’t much better (10 hits, 9 1/3 innings, 5.79 ERA), but he was good at the start of camp and overcame a rough stretch in the middle by finding a few mechanical tweaks.Borbon, meanwhile, has called his spring season the best of his career. He was rested after not playing winter ball and added 15 pounds of muscle while working out at a sports institute operated by his agent, Scott Boras.Borbon batted .317 with nine RBIs and a .391 on-base percentage while playing all three outfield spots. He will be used off the bench as a pinch runner and pinch hitter as the Rangers’ fifth outfielder.“We just wanted to carry the extra body,” Washington said. “Plus, Borbon earned his way on this team. We didn’t give anything to him.”Last call on holdRon Washington said that he knows who will be the Rangers’ starting center fielder Sunday night against the Astros, but he didn’t reveal it because he hasn’t informed Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry of his decision.Both are candidates to get the start based on their strong spring performances.Martin batted .359 with 13 RBIs, one off Mitch Moreland’s team lead. Gentry’s average was eight points lower, but he hit two homers and showed he is capable of driving the ball more.The Astros are starting right-hander Bud Norris, giving the left-handed hitting Martin an edge. Gentry, though, left a favorable impression on Washington.“I can’t go wrong,” Washington said. “I’m very lucky to have two guys who can play the way they play.”Garcia in centerUtility infielder Leury Garcia played the final five innings against San Diego in center field, a position he has played previously in his career but hadn’t played over the exhibition schedule.He has two key tools to be an outfielder: speed and arm strength. He said that he has no trouble reading balls off the bat and for the most part feels comfortable roaming the outfield.But with Gentry and Martin holding down center field, it seems unlikely that Garcia would get much time there this season.“You never know in a game when something happens and you have to do it,” Washington said.
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