Texas Rangers

Rangers notes: Texas opens spring training Feb. 16

The start of spring training is less than three months away.

The Texas Rangers announced Tuesday that pitchers and catchers will report to the Surprise Recreation Campus on Feb. 16 and go through their first workout Feb. 17. The full squad will report on Feb. 19, and the first team workout will be on Feb. 20.

The Rangers begin playing on Feb. 27 with a charity game scheduled against the Kansas City Royals, who share the complex.

Texas will play 28 games in Arizona, including 17 at Surprise Stadium. There will be three night games in Surprise: March 13 against the Giants, March 17 against the Royals and March 18 against the Cubs.

The Rangers will break camp after a March 26 game against the Mariners.

The Rangers are then scheduled to play three exhibition games in Texas. They will host the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Triple A Mexican League on March 27 at Rangers Ballpark and play two games against the Astros at the Alamodome in San Antonio on March 28-29.

In all, the Rangers will play 31 spring training games before opening the 2014 season at home against Philadelphia on March 31.

Promotions, hirings

The Rangers announced 10 promotions and hirings, including Triple A hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh becoming the hitting coordinator and former Reds hitting coach Brook Jacoby hired as the assistant hitting coordinator.

Coolbaugh was the Rangers hitting coach midway through the 2011 season and in 2012 before being demoted back to Triple A before last season. Jacoby was the Reds hitting coach the last seven seasons and was in the Rangers’ organization from 2003-06.

Longtime amateur scouts Mike Grouse and Jay Eddings have moved to the pro side.

Other promotions and hirings include James Keller hired as special assistant to the general manager; Brian Williams hired as southeast regional crosschecker; Jake Krug promoted from director of minor league operations to special assignment crosschecker; Bobby Crook promoted from manager of amateur scouting to amateur scout for North Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas; Mike Medici hired as area scout for Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky; and Matt Klotsche promoted to manager of amateur scouting.

Pro scout Mickey White, crosschecker Phil Geisler and amateur scouts Derek Lee and Steve Watson will not return.


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