Half the Texas Rangers’ expected starting rotation in 2015 combined to allow 10 runs in less than three combined innings in Wednesday’s Cactus League opener against the Royals at Surprise Stadium.
Neither Colby Lewis nor Yovani Gallardo was concerned after surrendering a combined 10 hits and one walk. Lewis started the game and allowed five hits, including three consecutive home runs, before recording the first out of the game. The Royals scored six times in the inning. Gallardo allowed four runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings, although he didn’t get much help from his defense, including several misplayed fly balls and a fielding error at third.
Still, both were pleased with how they felt physically after their outings.
“I got what I wanted out of it,” said Lewis, who threw 36 pitches (20 strikes) in an inning. “Of course, the results aren’t what you wanted.”
Lewis’ only complaint was a flat changeup he left up for Eric Hosmer, who hit it out deep in straightaway center field.
“I didn’t feel fatigued. Arm strength is good so I’m happy with it,” he said. “I feel like I don’t ever throw the ball great the first couple outings of spring or get the results you should. I’m happy with how physically I feel and how good I feel with my arm.”
Gallardo had a similar take on his outing.
“I feel like I kept the ball down pretty good and I got a lot of ground balls today and that’s the main goal,” said Gallardo, who threw 42 pitches (28 strikes). “Stay healthy and get your work in. I feel good. I threw some pretty good curveballs, sliders and fastballs on both sides of the plate. It’s what spring training is for, and staying healthy.”
The Rangers agreed to terms with six players on one-year contracts for the 2015 season, which rounds out the major league roster. Right-hander Shawn Tolleson’s contract was renewed.
Jurickson Profar, who had season-ending shoulder surgery last month, is the last player on the roster.
Rangers left-handed relief pitcher Edgar Olmos has been sent back to the Mariners after his waiver claim was reversed by the league. Olmos arrived in camp last week after the Rangers picked him up off waivers on Feb. 24. But the club soon detected he had a left shoulder injury and he has been out of action.
Olmos left camp early Wednesday morning and will be evaluated by the Mariners’ medical staff.
Technically, he’s still on the Rangers’ 40-man roster. His official return to Seattle will happen within the next two days.
Olmos’ departure leaves only three left-handed relievers available.
“We don’t necessarily see the field quite that thin. We look at a lot of our guys, right-handers here that are very capable of getting left-handers out,” Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. “Ultimately, how [pitching coach] Mike Maddux, [bullpen coach] Andy Hawkins, and [manager] Jeff Banister decide to put together their ’pen, we definitely need to have guys who can get left-handers out but I don’t think that’s exclusively limited to left-handers in our camp right now.”
Levine, however, said the club continues to evaluate free agents in other camps.
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Here are the 2015 contracts announced Wednesday morning:
Robinson Chirinos, C
Luke Jackson, RHP
Phil Klein, RHP
Nick Martinez, RHP
Roman Mendez, RHP
Tanner Scheppers, RHP
Shawn Tolleson, RHP