SEATTLE — The Nolan Ryan stay-or-go drama didn’t go unnoticed within the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse, but it also wasn’t as major distraction as the Hall of Fame pitcher decided Wednesday to stay with the club.But that doesn’t mean that the players weren’t interested with his decision, and they are pleased with the news that Ryan, the team CEO, is staying put.“Since he came on board, the organization has gone nowhere but up, so it’s good to know that he’s staying,” left fielder David Murphy said. “We’ve had plenty of distractions in the last four or five years. This is a group of guys that never lets it get to them.”Ryan became unsure of his place in the organization after Jon Daniels was promoted to president of baseball operations/general manager March 1, along with Rick George getting bumped to president of business operations.Ryan lost the title of team president, and, according to sources close to him, he wasn’t sure if he had the same authority that he’s had since joining the club as president in 2008. But a series of meetings with principal owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson the past few weeks eased his concerns.Davis and Simpson stressed in a joint statement that Ryan is at the top of the power structure.“I’m very excited,” left-hander Derek Holland said. “He’s been a great guy and has helped me out a lot. It’s awesome to hear that he’s staying here.”Juggling act Leonys Martin was back in the lineup Thursday as manager Ron Washington tries to keep his two center fielders sharp. Craig Gentry had started Wednesday.Washington was asked if there was any chance that his juggling act could be alleviated by either Martin or Gentry emerging as an everyday player.“It’s possible, but one of them would have to fall on their face,” Washington said. “The things that they can do, I don’t think either will fall on their face. A lot of people equate performing to offense only. If you continue to do the little things, you become serviceable.”Crowning achievementPitching coach Mike Maddux said that he had chewed gum only on the right side of his mouth for a couple years until allowing his wad to move left Wednesday afternoon.The result was an emergency trip to the dentist to get a crown put back into place after his Double Bubble caused some significant trouble.“It worked it right off,” Maddux said.He left Rangers Ballpark after watching Holland warm up for his start and returned in the middle innings. To save time, said Maddux, he didn’t take any local anesthesia during the procedure.Briefly• The Rangers recalled right-hander Justin Miller from Double A Frisco and placed him on the major-league 60-day disabled list to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Miller, coming off Tommy John surgery, should be able to start a rehab assignment next month. He’ll be optioned once he is activated from the DL.• Cool temperatures are expected throughout this road trip to Seattle and Chicago, but Ron Washington said that he isn’t going to worry about a heightened injury risk because of the cold. Nelson Cruz’s legs have been a concern in past seasons, but he hasn’t had any issues this season.
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