04/25/11 7:50 PM ET
Hunter throws BP, heads for Arizona
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Webb back on hill in extended spring game
ARLINGTON -- Brandon Webb pitched two scoreless innings in an extended spring game against the Mariners on Monday in Surprise, Ariz. It was his first appearance in a game since Instructional League with the D-backs last September.Webb, who has not pitched in a Major League game in two years because of a shoulder injury, threw just 16 pitches. His velocity topped out at 84 mph. "It's a start in the process," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "Now we're going through the process that all pitchers go through. He'll go three innings the next time and see if things pick up from there." Although the velocity was not there, Washington said Webb had good action on his sinker and that is his best pitch. "We just want him to compete," Washington said. "Maybe competition will bring out what we want to see. As he competes, the adrenaline will flow and he'll get more out of his arm." Washington said Webb will start pitching every fifth day while doing all the normal work on the side between outings. Most starters begin with two innings in Spring Training and normally had six starts, building up to about seven innings and 100 pitches over the course of a month. At some point, Webb will be assigned to a Minor League team to continue his pitching. But that will also begin the countdown on a 30-day medical rehabilitation assignment. When that expires, the Rangers would have to make a decision about activating him to the Major League staff.
O'Day dealing with sore hip, available to pitch
ARLINGTON -- Texas manager Ron Washington confirmed that pitcher Darren O'Day has been dealing with a sore left hip. That limited his availability during the three-game series with the Royals this weekend, but he was available for the Blue Jays series that began on Monday night."He was just a little sore and stiff," Washington said. "We're just trying to let it settle down. He was available [Sunday] and he's available today." Washington said that is not why side-arming right-hander Cody Eppley was used for two scoreless innings in his Major League debut on Saturday night. "We wanted to get his feet wet quickly," Washington said. "We didn't want him waiting around. He's funky like O'Day and he had been pitching two to three innings at a time. At the time, we needed somebody who could give us funky multiple innings, so we went with Cody." O'Day said the hip has bothered him for the past three years. But it didn't keep him from posting a combined 1.94 ERA over the past two seasons. He is one of five Major League relievers with a sub-two ERA in a minimum 93 innings in 2009-10. "I'm on my way to another one," O'Day said. "That's the plan. I'm just working through this and I'll be ready to go tonight."
Ex-Rangers prez Schieffer to oversee Dodgers
ARLINGTON -- Tom Schieffer is back in baseball. The former Rangers president who oversaw the conception, design and construction of the Ballpark in Arlington was named by Commissioner Bud Selig to oversee the Dodgers' organization.Schieffer will represent the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball in the oversight of the day-to-day operations, business and finances of the Dodgers and all of the franchise's related entities. "To me, for that role, he is the perfect guy," former Texas general manager Tom Grieve said. "He's bright, he loves the game, he's got an incredible attention to detail, he's got passion and he's a tireless worker. There is nothing about that job that won't appeal to him or he won't do a great job at. "Whoever came up with his name, it was a brilliant idea. If I was one one of the people with the Dodgers who were in that predicament, I would feel very good that Tom was the guy being named to lead that organization." Schieffer was a member of the ownership group led by Rusty Rose and former President Bush that bought the team in 1989. Schieffer became club president in '91 and added the title of managing general partner in '94, when Bush was elected governor of Texas. He left the Rangers in '99 and served in the Bush administration as ambassador to Australia and Japan. "I know Tom and his passion for baseball and it comes at a time when he has the time to give to it," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. "I think it will be a challenge that he he will embrace. I think he is the logical choice just because of his experience here and his experience as an ambassador. He'll see the whole picture and try to do what needs to be done in the best interests of the Dodgers to get them back on track."
Davis trying to stay sharp in reserve role
ARLINGTON -- Rangers first baseman Chris Davis was out for early batting practice on Monday. It's become part of his regular routine while he serves as a bench player. He is trying to do everything he can to stay sharp.Davis is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in the two games he has played since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock on April 13. His last start was on Saturday against the Royals, when he went 0-for-2 with a walk. He struck out and flied out to deep center in his two at-bats. "I felt good the other night," Davis said. "I thought I had a home run. I didn't but I felt good. I've felt good the last month. I'm just trying to get out there every day and get extra swings. Then, if I get into a game, let it fly." Davis was playing regularly at Round Rock before being called up. He is playing only occasionally with Texas. "I don't know if it's the best thing for me, but it's what I got going," Davis said. "I can cope with it. It's different than when you are used to playing every day. I still feel I will be an everyday player but if I'm coming off the bench, I still feel I have the ability to do that."
Oliver, Rhodes join Eckersley, Honeycutt
ARLINGTON -- Darren Oliver and Arthur Rhodes became only the second pair of 40-something relievers to get back-to-back saves. Dennis Eckersley and Rick Honeycutt did it twice, once with the Athletics in 1995 and again with the Cardinals in '96.Rhodes, who saved Sunday's game, is the eighth oldest left-hander to earn a save since 1969. Oliver is 11th on that list. Oliver continues to be the Rangers' primary closer while Neftali Feliz is sidelined with inflammation in his right shoulder. "If Ollie is available, of course I am going with Ollie," manager Ron Washington said. "If Ollie is not available, I'm going to go with whoever is available." Despite the uncertainty in the bullpen, Texas still has not yet lost a game in which it has led after the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Double-A Frisco pitcher Martin Perez was the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for April 17-23. Perez was named after throwing five perfect innings in a 1-0 victory over Arkansas last Tuesday. The Rangers went into Monday's game 6-1 in the first game of a series. Texas is scheduled to face Oakland right-hander Trevor Cahill on Friday. He is 6-2 with a 2.56 ERA in nine starts against the Rangers in his career.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.