The World Baseball Classic left a crater in the Texas Rangers lineup and disrupted their daily routine. They appear to be talented and experienced enough to overcome it this season, but spring seldom offers clues.
Pitcher Tyson Ross is trying to come back from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, and the Texas Rangers are optimistic that he can take the mound by May. If healthy, he could battle for the No. 3 spot in the rotation.
Eight Texas Rangers are playing in the World Baseball Classic, more than any other major league team. The two the Rangers miss most in Surprise, though, are their two best catchers, Jonathan Lucroy and Robinson Chirinos.
Ronald Guzman and Nomar Mazara were both skinny teenagers the day they signed with the Texas Rangers organization. Mazara made it the big leagues last year and Guzman, grown up and 21, wants to follow.
In the summer of 2010, Josh Hamilton was Superman for the Texas Rangers. His daughters were 9, 5 and 2 years old. Maybe that’s his motivation, as he is flown to Houston to see his knee doctor for the second time in a week.