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Rangers catcher’s literal work comes after his literary work

Rangers catcher Patrick Cantwell catches a pop fly during spring training workouts.
Rangers catcher Patrick Cantwell catches a pop fly during spring training workouts. Star-Telegram

You don’t see a lot of reading going on in the Rangers’ clubhouse during spring training. It’s not too prevalent during the regular season, for that matter, either. Sure, players can be seen reading their phones or occasionally leafing through a newspaper, but nary do you find a player reading a book.

Except for catcher Patrick Cantwell, who is in his first major league camp. Each morning before workouts begin, Cantwell reads about 15 pages. Currently, he’s about halfway through Wild, a memoir written by Cheryl Strayed which was made into a film last year starring Reese Witherspoon.

“It kind of takes my mind off of everything else that’s going on. It’s just something I do to relax before I go out,” Cantwell said. “It’s good so far, I like it. I read probably 10-15 pages a morning and I’m excited to read it the next day. I want to finish the book before I see [the film].”

Wild was recommended to Cantwell by a friend. His favorite books are Jon Krakauer’s book on Pat Tillman called Where Men Win Glory, and American Sniper, by Chris Kyle.

“Those are probably my top two, anything about war and the sacrifices guys made,” he said.

Beard or no beard

Pitcher Nick Martinez is back to looking like you would expect, with a beard. The right-hander shaved his beard soon after last season concluded. And then he let it grow out again over the winter.

He went back to the clean-shaven look right before arriving for spring training but now is letting it grow out for the rest of the season.

That didn’t last long

We spotlighted pitcher Luke Jackson for having the longest hair in the clubhouse on Wednesday. But his mane reign lasted less than 24 hours.

Edgar Olmos, the left-hander the Rangers acquired Tuesday, arrived and quickly took the title with his lengthy hair in the style of his hair hero Randy Johnson.

He said he’s not at Johnson length yet, but “that’s what I’m going for.”

Key stat

22 Starts made by Yu Darvish in 2014, his fewest as a Ranger, after shutting down his season in August when he experienced discomfort in his throwing elbow.

Quotable

“I thought it was great. The guys came out firing. Heard one of my favorite sounds, a broken bat. That always let’s you know you’re putting the ball where it’s supposed to be.” — Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux after watching pitchers throw their first live bullpen sessions

“Of course, that’s what everyone wants to do. I really have no comment on that.” — Rangers ace Yu Darvish when told manager Jeff Banister wants him to make every start in 2015

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