Texas Rangers

March 4, 2014

Rangers spring break: Wreck ended Burns’ Motocross career

Cory Burns hung up his riding helmet before high school in favor of baseball.

Lesson learned

Rangers pitcher Cory Burns could be living his Motocross dreams right now. But a bad wreck when he was still in junior high ended his career. He wasn’t injured but he gave it up on Mom’s order.

“My dad got me my first bike when I was probably 4,” Burns said. He raced for much of his childhood but hung up his Motocross boots before high school.

“A guy came over with me on a big tabletop and he got sideways and it pitched me sideways,” said Burns, describing the final jump of his final race. “We came over that together and he hit me and I tumbled. Not good. Mom said hang it up.”

He wasn’t hurt but the wreck cracked his helmet.

Burns had other pursuits, including, of course, baseball. He’s also been an avid golfer from a young age. He was set to check out a new course in the Phoenix area — the Blackstone Country Club — with teammates Neal Cotts and Joakim Soria after workouts Tuesday. He played junior golf growing up and still has an 8 handicap.

Word from Wash

“Y’all talk about leaders but I want 25 leaders. I’m not looking for one guy to step up and be my leader. I want everybody to lead.” — Rangers manager Ron Washington

Injury report

RHP Miles Mikolas (elbow): Threw from 90 feet Tuesday.

RHP Shawn Tolleson (shoulder): Threw from 90 feet Tuesday.

SS Elvis Andrus (sore throwing arm): Played catch Tuesday.

C Geovany Soto (foot surgery): Progressing, hitting off a tee, playing soft toss

Upcoming spring schedule

Today: vs. Rockies (split squad), 2:05 p.m.

Thur.: at Padres, 2:05 p.m.

Fri.: at Dodgers, 2:05 p.m.

Sat.: vs. Dodgers (split squad), 2:05 p.m.

Sun.: at Mariners, 3:05 p.m.

Mon.: vs. Reds, 3:05 p.m.

Tue.: at White Sox, 3:05 p.m.

March 12: vs. Angels 3:05 p.m.

March 13: vs. Giants, 8:05 p.m.

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