Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was granted his release Monday by the Texas Rangers in a move signaling that A.J. Griffin could win the fifth spot in the rotation.
Guthrie spoke at length Sunday with reporters, expressing his doubts for making the team. His first concern was that he had thrown in a minor league game Saturday instead of the Cactus League game, and he also didn’t see how he would fit into the Triple A rotation.
Guthrie, who had a Monday out in his deal, also said that he isn’t yet ready to give up on baseball and said that he likely wouldn’t ask out of his deal if he didn’t have an opportunity to pitch somewhere else in the majors. He said that two teams have expressed an interest in him.
“I want to pitch,” he said Monday.
Slowed by back spasms early in camp, Guthrie pitched in three A games and two minor league games. He said that the Rangers told him that his lack of consistent execution of his pitches ultimately cost him the rotation spot.
Griffin has the most complete body of work this spring, but he said that he hasn’t been told anything about his roster status. Martinez, who has opened the past two seasons in the rotation, has struggled at times.