Texas Rangers

Rangers lining up players to take to San Antonio

AP

The travel roster for the Texas Rangers’ weekend trip to San Antonio is beginning to take shape, and though the biggest names won’t play Friday and Saturday at the Big League Weekend at the Alamodome.

Manager Jeff Banister confirmed that Derek Holland, Phil Klein, A.J. Griffin and Cesar Ramos will pitch for the Rangers in the two games against the Kansas City Royals. Catcher Robinson Chirinos, center fielder Delino DeShields, outfielder Ryan Rua and second baseman Rougned Odor, assuming he’s healthy, are among the position players on the split squad.

Many of the veterans — including Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, Elvis Andrus, Cole Hamels and Colby Lewis — will get their work in Arizona, where split-squad games against Seattle and Arizona are on the schedule.

The full roster will be announced in a few days.

“The fans deserve to see major-league players also,” said Banister, who is also making the trip after missing the games last year. “Some of the veteran guys have earned the right to stay here and work.”

Odor, who has been slowed since Tuesday by tightness in his right oblique, was planning to take batting practice Sunday morning in the cages with no problems and will hit on the field Monday.

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