Sorry, ladies, but Nick Martinez and Ryan Rua are off the market.
The young Texas Rangers players have found the women of their dreams and have set off-season wedding dates. But that’s just about all they have contributed to the planning of their ceremonies.
One reason is that they are stuck at the Surprise Recreation Campus for nearly two months and then will be stuck at various parts of the country playing baseball until, they hope, the end of October.
Rua has already figured out a key to a happy marriage whenever fiancée Courtney asks for his thoughts on the wedding planning.
“The usual answer is, ‘Great. Whatever you want,’” he said. “I try to stay out of it.”
Rua, though, was a fairly regular contributor during the off-season, attending food and cake tastings. Martinez, though, is letting his fiancée, Kimberly, and his future mother-in-law, an event planner, do most of the work.
“I’ve got a season to worry about,” he said.
Martinez had only two conditions: To be married in a Catholic church, at the behest of his mother, and for the priest he has known since age 6 to officiate the ceremony.
After that, it’s up to his fiancée’s mother.
“She’s got a gift,” Martinez said.
Prince Fielder has been a relative menace on the base paths of late, advancing on wild pitches and trying to stretch singles into doubles.
Each has required a big man with a recently fused neck to slide.
Fielder, though, hasn’t thought twice about his cervical fusion since Dr. Drew Dossett cleared him for full activities. For the record, Fielder slid feet-first, though not to protect his neck, until diving headfirst Sunday on a three-base error.
“I think if my neck was going to hurt, it would have blown out by now,” Fielder said. “Once he [Dossett] said I was clear, I gave up on worrying about it.”
By the numbers
4 Rangers pitchers who have left games early this spring because of injury. Ross Ohlendorf was the latest Sunday, joining Yu Darvish (elbow), Anthony Ranaudo (elbow) and Ross Detwiler (wrist). Darvish’s was a major injury. The other two won’t miss playing time. Ohlendorf will be evaluated Monday.
“Those are aggressive plays. I stressed early on in spring training, let’s find out what we can do, not what we can’t do.”
— Manager Jeff Banister on the Rangers trying to take extra bases, even if it results in outs
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