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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:48:25 PST

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is facing another trip under the knife on his left knee as he attempts a comeback from last season's reconstructive surgery. The former American League MVP is experiencing discomfort in the knee and may require arthroscopic surgery as soon as Monday, according to the Rangers. Hamilton felt sharp pain while running recently and was given a platelet-rich plasma injection last week.

Rangers slugger Hamilton might need another knee surgery (The Associated Press)

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:49:45 PST

Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton went to Houston on Sunday, facing the possibility of another knee surgery in his bid to return to the majors. Hamilton will be examined Monday by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed reconstructive surgery on the former AL MVP's left knee last June. The Rangers acknowledge Hamilton might require arthroscopic knee surgery.

Harper homers, Ventura remembered, Bourn hurt (The Associated Press)

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:14:06 PST

Welcome to spring training, Bryce Harper. Harper hit a long solo homer and a single, helping the Washington Nationals to an 8-6 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Andrew Stevenson and Matt Skole also connected for Washington, and Gio Gonzalez struck out one in a scoreless first inning.

Royals and Rangers pay tribute to Yordano Ventura before spring opener (Big League Stew)

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:42:31 PST

Saturday was a bittersweet day in Surprise, Ariz. As the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers took the field for their Cactus League opener, there were mixed feelings and emotions. Sure, the excitement that’s always attached to the first spring training game was palpable.

Wieters joins Nationals; Judge hits long homer for Yankees (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:25:42 PST

Matt Wieters finally has a new team. ''It's tough finding a team when you can't do anything baseball-related,'' Wieters said Friday, when the catcher took batting practice and ran conditioning sprints at spring training with the Washington Nationals after his signing was announced. Now Wieters is working on getting up to speed with the pitching staff for the reigning NL East champions.

Texas Rangers scout in Curacao dies after long illness (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:35:32 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas Rangers international scout Jose Luis Felomina has died in his native Curacao.

Hamilton back in Rangers camp, knee exam shows no damage (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:32:24 PST

Josh Hamilton was back at Rangers spring training camp in Arizona on Thursday, and feeling confident after an examination in Texas showed no significant structural damage to his surgically repaired left knee. Hamilton said he was concerned when he felt a sudden pain when doing some running drills Tuesday. ''I had already run on the treadmill that morning, felt good, and went out there and started running,'' Hamilton said Thursday while standing at his locker.

Hamilton leaves Rangers' camp to have his left knee examined (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:42:51 PST

Josh Hamilton was back in Texas on Wednesday to have his surgically reconstructed left knee examined after he experienced discomfort during the Rangers' first full-squad spring training workout. The 2010 AL MVP, at spring training with a minor league contract, felt stiffness while doing some running drills in the outfield grass during the workout Tuesday. The 35-year-old slugger went to Houston to be examined by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed Hamilton's season-ending surgery last June that was his third knee operation in 10 months.

Brewers get close glimpse of future in spring training (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:06:01 PST

Corey Ray, Lewis Brinson and Jacob Nottingham, tucked in the corner of the Milwaukee Brewers clubhouse, are among the top prospects in baseball but still have a ways to go before breaking camp with the team. ''Often times, the pressure of making the team isn't there in your first camp,'' manager Craig Counsell said. Brinson, an outfielder, is considered Milwaukee's best prospect.

Leonys Martin feared for his life after being threatened by smugglers (Big League Stew)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:34:02 PST

Leonys Martin feared for his life while trying to enter the United States. Seattle Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin feared for his life after he was threatened by smugglers while trying to enter the United States. Martin told a Miami grand jury that he entered the U.S. without valid papers because his “life was in danger,” according to the Seattle Times.

Herrera among the players in Phillies' new core (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:37:36 PST

Two years after Philadelphia selected him from Texas in the winter-meeting draft, outfielder Odubel Herrera arrived at spring training as an All-Star and the Phillies' top position player. Among the Gold Glove finalists, the 25-year-old Herrera agreed to a $30.5 million, five-year contract during the offseason and is part of Philadelphia's post-Ryan Howard era rebuilding. Herrera hit .286 last year with a .361 on-base percentage, 15 home runs, 21 doubles and 25 steals in 32 attempts.

Astros face a classic baseball question: Who's on 1st? (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:50:33 PST

The Houston Astros haven't been set at first base since Lance Berkman was traded in 2010. ''This is my third year here and we've never really felt like we've been very stable at first,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. The best candidate this season is Yulieski Gurriel , whom the Astros signed to a $47.5 million, five-year deal in July after he spent 15 years playing in Cuba.

Ian Desmond will spend spring trying to master first base (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:26:23 PST

Ian Desmond no doubt was a big offseason acquisition for the Colorado Rockies, a proven offensive player who should flourish at Coors Field. ''Being an athletic first baseman, I will be able to jump for balls a little better than an average first baseman,'' Desmond said. ''I don't think there's been a world championship team that hasn't had a quality first baseman,'' he said.

Super subs are now key players on pitching-dominated rosters (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:59:11 PST

The Atlanta Braves have two of them, in fact. Peterson can play second base, shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions. Chase d'Arnaud does him one better, having added first base to his repertoire this spring.

Napoli's return alters expected roles for some young Rangers (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:20:38 PST

Jurickson Profar is pretty much off first base for now with the Texas Rangers. The team's reunion with slugger Mike Napoli has changed the outlook this season for those young players. It also will likely mean veteran Shin-Soo Choo spending more time as the designated hitter than in the outfield after being plagued by injuries in 2016.

Astros looking for Bregman to take next step in 2017 (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:44:59 PST

Alex Bregman doesn't regret the difficult start to his major league career, when he went hitless in his first five games with the Houston Astros last July. Bregman said the turnaround began when manager A.J. Hinch sat him down in the dugout before the last game of a three-game series in Detroit and told him he was moving him up to the second spot in the batting order, where he'd grown accustomed to hitting in the minors. The change worked, and Bregman collected his first hit that day.

Moreland isn't thinking about replacing Ortiz's production (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:49:20 PST

Mitch Moreland knows he's likely the only new player in Boston's lineup since David Ortiz retired at the end of last season. ''I try not to hear it because there's no replacing that guy,'' said the 31-year-old first baseman, who signed a $5.5-million, 1-year deal with the Red Sox during the offseason. After playing his first 6+ seasons in the majors with the Texas Rangers, Moreland is with a new organization for the first time in his career.

Feliz in Brewers camp, ready to challenge for closer's role (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:58:57 PST

After sorting out work visa issues in his native Dominican Republic, the Brewers' Neftali Feliz arrived at Monday morning, ready to get to work with his new team. Feliz enters camp as Milwaukee's leading candidate to be the closer after the team parted ways with Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith at the deadline last season, and with Tyler Thornburg during the winter. Manager Craig Counsell wasn't ready to formally declare Feliz as his ninth-inning guy.

Orioles' Machado practices at shortstop for world classic (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:50:15 PST

Before he leaves for the World Baseball Classic, Manny Machado is making the most of his short time at Baltimore Orioles camp. Machado, who was born in Miami, will play shortstop for the Dominican Republic in next month's WBC, and with the Orioles' everyday shortstop J.J. Hardy injured, he's getting to play as much short as he wants before his March 5 departure. ''I'm probably going to be playing 162 this year,'' Machado said.

Spring Training 2017: Nick Swisher retires after 12 MLB seasons (Big League Stew)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:05:12 PST

Nick Swisher calls it a career after 12 MLB seasons. Here you’ll find a quick recap on everything from the latest injury news to translations, along with other stuff from around the internet that we think is worth your time. THE DREAM IS OVER, BABY!: Those were the words of Nick Swisher, who announced his retirement in an article for The Players’ Tribune on Friday.

Rangers' Adrian Beltre has calf strain, could miss WBC (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:34:27 PST

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre reported to spring training Friday with a strained left calf muscle that will sideline him about three weeks and keep him out of the opening round of the World Baseball Classic.

Derek Holland seeks a fresh start with White Sox (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:56:34 PST

Derek Holland is pitching for a major league team other than the Texas Rangers for the first time. Now if he can just remember where he is - and learn the names of his new Chicago White Sox teammates. ''I made the mistake of saying to somebody, 'It's good to be with the Rangers - yeah I mean the White Sox,''' the eight-year veteran said.

Nap time: Rangers, Napoli finally reunited for 3rd stint (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:44:07 PST

Mike Napoli's return to Texas certainly didn't come out of left field. The slugger's long-anticipated reunion with the Rangers , and a third stint with his first World Series team, finally became a reality Thursday when he was re-introduced after finalizing an $8.5 million, one-year contract. ''This is obviously a place I wanted to be,'' Napoli said.

AP sources: Napoli passes physical, set for 3rd Texas stint (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:22:03 PST

Mike Napoli has passed his physical, clearing the way for an $8.5 million, one-year deal and his third stint with the Texas Rangers. Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the deal was done and that Napoli will be introduced Thursday. While not saying who, the team announced a news conference at its Arizona spring training complex before workouts Thursday morning to announce a free-agent signing.

Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:53:27 PST

When Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle guested on this week’s episode of 25-Year-Old Baseball Cards, it was practically a walk through the last few years of Hall of Fame inductions. Hurdle got stories too!

Goodbye, Rangers: Veteran Colby Lewis sends farewell message (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:55:47 PST

Colby Lewis has said goodbye to the Texas Rangers, the organization that drafted him and made both its World Series appearances with the veteran right-hander in the rotation. Lewis released a statement Tuesday thanking the team and its fans when Rangers pitchers and catchers were reporting to spring training in Arizona. The 37-year-old Lewis is still a free agent, but turned down offers from the Rangers for a minor league contract.

Rangers get Gamboa from Rays; Fielder, Diekman to 60-day DL (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:25:06 PST

The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, when they placed reliever Jake Diekman and first baseman Prince Fielder on the 60-day disabled list. Since Fielder didn't formally retire, he had to remain on the Rangers' 40-man roster during the offseason.

Rangers sign lefty Loewen to minor deal with spring invite (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:41:24 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Left-hander Adam Loewen has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training.

Journeyman pitcher tries to make sense of unforgiving offseason (Big League Stew)

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 12:38:38 PST

David Rollins has been designated for assignment six times this offseason. If you routinely check the list of baseball transactions, then you’re likely familiar with the story of David Rollins. Since Nov. 18, Rollins has changed teams five times.