Rangers spring break: Former fan favorite Rusty Greer visits Surprise

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Former Texas Rangers great Rusty Greer, who is visiting Surprise as part of the team’s rotation of legacy advisers, didn’t spend many spring trainings in Arizona. During his nine-year career, the Rangers spent spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla.

“Back then, Port Charlotte was probably ahead of its time as far as the clubhouse and the fields,” Greer said. “I thought the facility and everywhere we had to train was really nice.”

Greer enjoys visiting as a guest instructor, which gives him a chance to see longtime friends such as Rangers assistant hitting coach Bobby Jones, who coached him in the minors.

“It’s a good time for me. I enjoy coming out and seeing these guys and hanging out with some people I don’t get to see a lot,” he said. “I love seeing those guys and really participate in what’s going on.”

Here’s his rundown of how the two locations compare:

• “Weather is a little different. Both places are sunny and warm, but Florida has a little humidity to it. We got more rain than these guys see here [in Surprise]. I enjoyed the Florida sun, but I knew no different.”

• “I bet if you asked these guys here it’s probably better weather here because it’s in the mid-70s pretty much every day and no wind and it’s dry.”

• “The travel. The closest trip [in Port Charlotte] was 52 minutes. The longest trip here is probably an hour.”

Injury update

C Brett Nicholas (elbow): Evaluated by Dr. Shane Seroyer on Saturday and restarting throwing program.

RHP Shawn Tolleson (shoulder): Evaluated by Dr. Seroyer and restarting throwing program.

OF Leonys Martin (back tightness): He is day-to-day.

LHP Rafael Perez (hamstring): Throwing live batting practice Sunday.

SS Elvis Andrus (forearm flexor tendonitis): Off Saturday and Sunday.

LHP Matt Harrison (lower back stiffness): Threw long toss Saturday.

Key stat

10 Errors for the Rangers in three spring training games.

He said it

“I’m here to try to help this team win. I’m just going out there letting all the hard work we prepare in the mornings play out instead of trying to do too much [in the game].” — Rangers outfielder Michael Choice said after leading off the second inning Saturday with his first double this spring.

Word from Wash

“I guess when you don’t get it done, you’ve got to say that they got it done. That’s the way it works. We had many opportunities and we just didn’t execute.” — Rangers manager on whether Texas’ failure to execute effectively in situational hitting against Oakland in 2013 was more about the A’s execution or the Rangers’ failures.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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