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Rangers spring break: Adduci’s resolve never wavered during decade in minors

Patience paid off

It’s easy to root for guys like Jim Adduci.

He spent 10 years in the minors and played in 889 minor league games before making his major league debut with the Rangers last season.

“Day in an day out, regardless of what happens and what situations you’re put in, you have to have a mindset of a goal, and the goal for me was I just wanted to cross the line one time in a big league stadium,” said Adduci, who was born in Burnaby, British Columbia. Part of that singular goal was to get a hit in the major leagues. He got eight of them, including a double, in 17 games in 2013.

After living his childhood dream, Adduci said, the reasons for toiling in the minors for a decade came crystal clear.

“When you’re up there it’s unbelievable,” he said. “It makes complete sense to me why guys do what they do to stay up there.”

Adduci looks back fondly on the relationships he built with teammates. He credits his 10-year tenure for making him a more complete player.

“Everyone takes different paths,” he said. “I look back on it and I was a pinch hitter, an everyday starter, I was a guy who came in and ran the bases. Within that time frame I was able to be in different situations and learned how to do it.”

And he never stopped loving the game.

“There’s nothing I’d rather be doing. Just to be able to put on a uniform and play baseball. It’s an awesome feeling,” he said. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid.”

He said it

“I’ve been ready since 7:15 this morning. Waiting for it, dressed, butterflies. It was nice to face a hitter again. It’s been about seven months. It was fun.” — Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison after throwing live batting practice Friday morning for the first time this spring.

Word from Wash

“Well, you know, we popped a bottle of champagne when we got back here last night. You want to win all the time, but I don’t concern myself with wins in spring training. I certainly don’t want to be losing every day, but I knew sooner or later we’ll win a ballgame.” — Manager Ron Washington sarcastically responding to an inference that he was overjoyed with improving to 2-5 with Thursday’s win.

Injury update

OF Engel Beltre (shin splints): Missed Friday’s game; evaluated by Dr. Keith Meister on Friday. Able to hit, field; has pain running.

INF Brent Lillibridge (bruised thumb): Day-to-day after jamming right thumb sliding into second base on Thursday.

OF Alex Rios (right intercostal): Day-to-day with discomfort.

RHP Miles Mikolas (elbow): Threw batting practice on Thursday; scheduled to pitch Tuesday.

RHP Shawn Tolleson (shoulder): Threw batting practice on Thursday; scheduled to pitch Tuesday.

LHP Derek Holland (left knee surgery): Had an MRI on Thursday and is expected to report to camp Saturday.

RHP Matt Harrison (lower back stiffness): Felt good after throwing live batting practice Friday morning.