We’ve hit an All-Star break, of sorts, in spring training 2015. And Rangers manager Jeff Banister is trying to get his core position players a brief respite before the stretch run.
Catcher Robinson Chirinos is the only every day player in Monday’s lineup against the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The rest of the players, for the most part, are still trying to prove they deserve a spot on the 25-man roster.
Banister calls a day like Monday: “Go out and compete days.”
“Those guys that are in that part of their spring training, I’m going to allow them to compete,” he said. “Utilize these days to continue to show us who you are, what you are, how confident you are at playing this game.”
For more established players such as Shin-Soo Choo, Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland, a day off Wednesday — the first complete day off for the entire team this spring — allows Banister to give his mainstays consecutive days to recharge.
“Give them an opportunity to get their legs back underneath them and exhale a little bit and be able to push through to the end,” he said.
Fielder, Choo and Moreland are each scheduled to rest the next three days. Adrian Beltre was off
The Rangers close out their stay in Surprise on April 1, before heading home to play the Mets in two exhibition games at Globe Life Park on April 3-4. Texas opens the season with a four-game series at Oakland on April 6.
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