Texas Rangers

March 23, 2014

Soto’s new workout routine improves recovery, durability

Rangers catcher Geovany Soto says the regimen will keep him fresher during the season.

Geovany Soto has changed his workout program since joining the Texas Rangers and has seen a noticeable improvement. Unfortunately, he’s had a pair of injury setbacks this spring when he had surgery to remove a small bone in his left foot early on, and he left Sunday’s game with a sore right knee.

Once he gets over those setbacks, Soto believes his new workout regimen will keep him fresher and more durable during the regular season. He discussed the benefits of his improved routine.

His new workouts: “Now I’m doing more circuit workouts, being more active and jumping around with different exercises to keep me loose. It’s designed to help everything — stamina, power, more quickness on my feet. Everything is light, nothing heavy.”

Benefits of new workouts: “Well, I recover a lot quicker and that’s the main thing. Second of all, I’m a lot looser. So recovery and feeling loose, those are two main reasons right there.”

On his old workouts: “They were more basic, just focusing on different sections of the body. I’d do upper one day, lower the next.”

Telling number

2.46 Alexi Ogando’s career ERA as a reliever. He has a 3.40 ERA in his career as a starter.

He said it

“I hope it shows that I can be a starter. I hope it shows that I can do it.” — Robbie Ross on what he wants people to take away from his spring training

Words of Wash

“Made me 1 for 4, .250. [Leonys Martin] was adamant and [third-base coach Gary Pettis] thought he was in there, too, so I told them I wanted a review.” — Ron Washington on winning his first replay challenge of the spring on Sunday. The umpires overturned an out call and said Martin slid in safely to home plate on a double by Michael Choice in the third inning.

Injury report

2B Jurickson Profar (torn muscle in right shoulder): Will miss first 10-12 weeks of season.

C Geovany Soto (right knee soreness): Leg locked up on him during Sunday’s game and he underwent what was deemed a precautionary MRI exam.

RHP Yu Darvish (stiff neck): Scratched from scheduled minor league start Friday. Day-to-day.

1B/OF Mitch Moreland (tightness in left oblique muscle): Played in minor league games Sunday and could return to lineup Monday.

SS Elvis Andrus (soreness right forearm): Throwing out to 90 feet.

OF Shin-Soo Choo (left elbow soreness): Started in left field Sunday.

LHP Matt Harrison (lower back stiffness): Scheduled to throw three innings in minor league game Sunday.

LHP Derek Holland (microfracture surgery on left knee): Scheduled for bullpen session April 2.

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