Tuesday was a good day for Hanser Alberto. Not only did he win the Rangers’ camp-long free throw-shooting tournament by beating Elvis Andrus in the championship round, but he was told he will on the club’s 25-man roster. All before 9 a.m. mountain time.
Alberto, an exceptional fielder who can play all four infield positions, will be the Ranger’s utility bench player, as expected. Two other bench roles, besides the backup catcher (most likely Chris Gimenez), are likely to be filled by outfielders Ryan Rua and Justin Ruggiano. Both can also play first base. Outfielder Drew Stubbs was granted his release today. He had an out clause in his contract that allowed him to pursue other major league jobs if not guaranteed a spot on the Rangers’ roster by today.