Yu Darvish wasn’t the only Rangers pitcher who looked really strong during Friday’s live bullpen session.
Left-hander Ross Detwiler faced the club’s top sluggers and looked good. Detwiler was signed in the offseason with the purpose of cracking the rotation. He feels more comfortable as a starter but came out of the bullpen 47 times for the Nationals in 2014. He made 69 starts for Washington from 2007 to 2013.
Each time he throws this spring he’s thinking like a starter, a spot general manager Jon Daniels told him he expected Detwiler to fill when he was signed in December.
“Until he tells me different that’s where I’m going,” Detwiler said. “I don’t know why it would be different.”
Against sluggers such as Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo, Detwiler looked smooth.
“I felt pretty good. We’re kind of in the same boat as them right now trying to get our timing in and kind of hone our craft a little bit. It’s good once you get hitters up there,” he said. “I’ve faced a lot of those guys before so you can talk to them afterwards and figure out I was a little off here or this was working well.”
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