Texas Rangers

Spring begins in earnest with Rangers-Royals Cactus League opener

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre nd designated hitter Prince Fielder head to morning workouts Monday in Surprise, Ariz.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre nd designated hitter Prince Fielder head to morning workouts Monday in Surprise, Ariz. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Texas Rangers camp has been in full swing for two weeks, and finally we have a game to cover.

The Kansas City Royals and the Rangers, who share Surprise Stadium, being the Cactus League spring schedule Wednesday with a 2 p.m. exhibition game. The Royals are the home team. The Rangers are the home team when the teams meet Thursday, same time, same place.

Colby Lewis and Derek Holland will start the two games, going one to two innings each.

Beasley back

Third base coach Tony Beasley was back at practice Tuesday morning a day after beginning chemotherapy for rectal cancer. Beasley was in uniform wearing a chemotherapy device that keeps a stream continuously entering his body. He wears it for 48 hours after each main three-hour treatment at a clinic. He will do four rounds, which end around mid-April.

Beasley felt no pain Tuesday but did not sleep much Monday night because of steroids the doctor gave him.

“[The doctor] said I may have trouble getting to sleep, and she was right. I was wired,” he said. “I hope I’m going to go home and crash tonight.”

Contracts complete for ’16

The Rangers signed one-year deals with right-hander Nick Martinez and left-handers Alex Claudio and Yohander Mendez on Tuesday. The club has all 41 players on its major league roster under contract for 2016, including Tanner Scheppers, who’s on the 60-day disabled list. Martinez signed for $519, 190, Claudio for $510,250 and Mendez for $507,500.

Minor league coaching changes

The Rangers announced several minor league jobs this week. Steve Mintz, who has been a minor league pitching instructor for 15 seasons, was named manager of Low A Hickory. Former Rangers player Brian Shouse was named the pitching coach for Double A Frisco. Joey Seaver was named the Short A Spokane pitching coach.

The organization made the moves after Spike Owen was named interim third-base coach for the Rangers while Beasley undergoes chemotherapy. Owen, the manager at Hickory, will remain with the Rangers until Beasley is fully ready to return.

Shouse worked the past four seasons with the Arizona Rangers. Seaver was the pitching coach for the Arizona Rangers the past two seasons.


“He could go off the charts with it. The bank of information is still small. You can dream on the potential. You’d like to think he gives us similar to what he gave us when he came back from Triple A last year.” — Rangers manager Jeff Banister on Rougned Odor

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Rangers’ Wednesday lineup

CF Delino DeShields, RF Shin-Soo Choo, 1B Prince Fielder, 3B Adrian Beltre, DH Mitch Moreland, LF Justin Ruggiano, 2B Rougned Odor, SS Elvis Andrus, C Robinson Chirinos

Rangers’ Thursday lineup

CF Lewis Brinson, SS Jurickson Profar, RF Nomar Mazara, 1B Mitch Moreland, 3B Joey Gallo, LF Ryan Rua, DH Patrick Kivlehan, 2B Pedro Ciriaco, C Chris Gimenez