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Rangers spring break: Pitcher Matt West forgoes buzz cut for long-haired look

Growing into role

When Matt West converted from infielder to pitcher in 2011, he happened to be sporting long hair. He’s kept the look, and now he could double for Kurt Cobain or Jeff Spicoli.

The 25-year-old right-hander, who threw a scoreless inning in his first spring training appearance on Friday, may not know who those guys are, but he was quick to point out “the hair does not reflect the personality.”

“All my life I’ve had the polar opposite — straight buzz,” he said. “It’s getting kind of long, though. It’s going to get a trim here soon.”

His girlfriend will appreciate that, he said. “When we first met, [the crew cut is] what she got used to. She hates it. She says I’m more handsome with short hair.”

The former Houston Bellaire star is not a surfer, so the Spicoli reference doesn’t fit.

“I enjoy the beach, but if I’m going on the water, I’m fishing, I’m not surfing,” he said. “It’s just kind of something I’ve been rocking for the past year.”

Injury update

OF Shin-Soo Choo (sore triceps in right arm): Played in Monday’s game vs. Indians.

SS Elvis Andrus (forearm soreness): Played catch Monday.

LHP Matt Harrison (lower back stiffness): Threw off the half-mound Monday.

RHP Shawn Tolleson (shoulder): Progressing in throwing program.

Word from Wash

“Baseball is about repetition. And you’re not just going to come out here one or two days and then all of sudden you’ve got baseball figured out. There’s guys that have been in this game for 25 to 30 years that still haven’t figured it out. And that’s the beauty of baseball. You’ve got to play it.” — Rangers manager Ron Washington on Russell Wilson’s appearance Monday.

Key stat

32 Pitches thrown by Colby Lewis in his first appearance Monday. He threw 15 strikes and allowed two runs on two walks and two hits before leaving without recording the final out of his scheduled one inning of work.