Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz has posted four consecutive scoreless outings, a sign that he is making progress at Spring Training. With a rotation experiment behind him, he now is solely focused on reclaiming the closer's role.
Rangers starter Martin Perez allowed just one run in three innings but threw 63 pitches, and Shin-Soo Choo clubbed his first homer in a Rangers uniform as Texas tied the Giants, 4-4, on Thursday night at Surprise Stadium.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre left Thursday's game against the Giants with tightness in his left quad muscle. Beltre left in the top of the fifth inning after two at-bats during the first night game for the Rangers this spring.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy successfully challenged a call in the second inning of their game against the Rangers on Thursday night. It was the second overturned call in Spring Training under the new instant-replay format introduced this year. Rangers manager Ron Washington missed two chances for No. 3 in a Cactus League game at Surprise Stadium.
Next Wednesday, Rangers officials will likely have their first organizational meeting to discuss the state of the team. At that time, the Rangers will start forming definite plans for their rotation candidates. If Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers want to be in the rotation -- they both definitely do -- Friday night will be a good time to shine.
The Rangers were close to having their Opening Day lineup together for the first time in Spring Training on Thursday, but that will be delayed further because of second baseman Jurickson Profar's wisdom teeth.
Right-handed pitcher Nate Adcock will miss the first half of the season after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. Adcock will undergo surgery on Thursday in Dallas to have a rib bone removed. The bone was pressing on a nerve and causing numbness in the right arm and hand.
Barring any injuries or setbacks, the Rangers could have their full projected Opening Day lineup available to them by this weekend. That means Alex Rios, Geovany Soto and Jurickson Profar all being available to play in the field.
Fate is fate and facts are facts. Choo's ability to read and see pitches -- working counts and drawing walks and exhausting the opposition -- has made him the ideal leadoff option in a game with an increasing appreciation for on-base percentage.
Catcher Geovany Soto has caught live batting practice and is now running the bases at approximately 50 percent speed. Once he can do that at full speed without any problems, Soto should be ready to return to the lineup.