OK, so our balls are neither fast or in the morning today…Jasen and I both have some shoulder stiffness, so today’s lateness and brevity are both just precautionary.
Yu Darvish had a good outing yesterday in a minor league intrasquad game. He threw 85 pitches over five innings, giving up four runs to a team consisting of some of the top Rangers prospects – Leonys Martin, Mike Olt, Engel Beltre, etc. He gave up six hits and two walks, while striking out 11.
“I gave up four runs, but I was not unhappy at all with my outing,” Darvish said afterwards. “Overall, I felt very good. I thought my pitches were good, but I kind of backed up the slider a couple of times … little by little, it’s coming.”
Pitching coach Mike Maddux was pleased with the improvement that he saw from Yu.
“I thought he looked good,” Maddux said. “He’s improved each time out. His velocity was there and he spun a few [curves]. I thought his stuff was good. He feels good physically, he said he could go nine innings. That’s a good sign.”
Darvish will start again on Friday against Colorado and is scheduled to pitch six innings and around 100 pitches.
- Colby Lewis isn’t concerned with his hip…therefore, neither are we.
- Robbie Ross continues to campaign for a spot in the Rangers bullpen. This time, Ross put together a nice outing against the hated Angels, striking out the first two batters he faced looking. He gave up one hit in the outing, but got Albert Pujols out on a line drive to left field. We’ll be talking about Ross tonight on the podcast and weighing in on the many different options the Rangers have with the prospect.
- Craig Gentry left yesterday’s game against the Angels due to dehydration. Will someone please get that man some Gatorade.
- Neftali Feliz will start tomorrow and says he feels good. He threw in a bullpen session yesterday and said that his right shoulder, which he experienced some stiffness in last week, felt fine.
- Matt Harrison was strong on Saturday in a minor league Spring Training game against the Royals Triple A players. He pitched 6 scoreless, allowing no runs on two hits, with four strikeouts and no walks on 71 pitches.
- Joe Nathan, on the other hand, continued to give us runs on Saturday, giving up two of them on three hits across five batters. Ron Washington isn’t concerned with the results Nathan is accumulating in Spring Training, nor should he be, but it will be interesting to see how long the leash is that Nathan has once the regular season begins.
- Baseball Do Field Trip!
Jennifer and Megan from www.RangersTalkers.com will be joining us tonight on the podcast to talk about Robbie Ross, the Rangers situation in center field, Tailgating and Ballpark food!