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03/20/12 9:32 PM ET

Darvish to skip Halos in next scheduled start

Rangers to have right-hander work Minor League game

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Yu Darvish's next start is on Sunday, but it won't be against the Angels in Tempe.

The Rangers are scheduled to play the Angels that day, but Darvish will do his work in a Minor League game.

The Rangers originally planned for Darvish to do all his work in Cactus League games. But they have changed their minds and have decided against Darvish pitching against their primary American League West rival.

"We didn't want him to travel to Tempe," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Rangers keep lines open on extension talks

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Derek Holland and Matt Harrison are two young left-handers coming off excellent seasons and were instrumental in the Rangers reaching the playoffs last season.

Holland was 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 32 starts and 198 innings while Harrison was 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA in 31 games and 185 2/3 innings. But there is currently one significant difference between the two. Holland has a new five-year contract. Harrison is operating under a one-year deal.

"That's good for him," Harrison said Tuesday morning. "That's awesome to be able to get a deal done. He can go out there and worry about pitching. That's everybody's goal, to get a multiyear deal. Me? If I keep working, I'll get to the point."

The Rangers went into the offseason saying they had identified a core group of players that they wanted to discuss a multiyear extension with at some point. They did a three-year deal with shortstop Elvis Andrus just before Spring Training and announced a five-year, $28 million deal with Holland on Tuesday.

The Rangers haven't handed out a detailed list of others under consideration, but they continue to have discussions with more players as Spring Training progresses.

"We've had discussions with different guys, but I couldn't predict if we'll reach an agreement with anybody else," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler, catcher Mike Napoli and outfielders Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz have been among those that the Rangers have approached.

"There have been some talks lately, but not much else," Kinsler said. "I have made my feelings clear on the subject. I want to stay here. This is where I have been my whole career. This is where I've grown up. I want to see it through and be a part of it."

Hamilton and Napoli can both be free agents after the season. The Rangers had discussions with Hamilton in the offseason but nothing serious lately. There have been some talks with Napoli's agent.

"They and my agent talked a little bit recently but nothing serious or crazy," Napoli said. "I'm not saying we can't get anything done during the year, but right now nothing is going on."

The Rangers would prefer not to negotiate during the season but have done so in the past. They prefer to do it in Spring Training, and contract situations remain the biggest issue in camp.

Andrus was able to get a three-year deal done before coming to camp, and he is enjoying an excellent spring. He is hitting .455 with a .472 on-base percentage.

"I think getting his contract done and getting it behind him ... it's relaxed him," Kinsler said. "That works in hand with him getting bigger, stronger and more experienced."

Rangers ramping up at-bats for Gentry

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Craig Gentry is trying to play catch-up. Rangers manager Ron Washington had Gentry played nine innings against the Cubs on Tuesday and, after an off-day on Wednesday, he'll do so again on Thursday during one of the two split-squad games against either the Cubs or the Reds.

"He's got some work to do because of his mild injuries," Washington said. "We're going to let him escalate his at-bats and let him get comfortable."

Gentry missed four days with a sprained left wrist. He returned to the lineup on Sunday and was 0-for-2 against the Brewers before the game was rained out. He was 2-for-4 on Tuesday and is 3-for-18 on the spring.

"I feel good and the wrist is fine," Gentry said. "The wrist doesn't bother me when I'm swinging so I feel good. I definitely need to get some at-bats. I missed some games so I need to get back in the swing and work on my timing, not put too much pressure on myself and get ready for the season."

Gentry started in right field Tuesday while Julio Borbon was in center. They are the principal contenders to be the Rangers' starting center fielder if they don't use Josh Hamilton out there. But when they are both in the same lineup, Washington said he prefers Borbon in center because he has little experience on the corners.

Catcher Torrealba sits out third straight day

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba was sidelined for the third straight day with stiffness in his lower back. Torrealba played on Saturday in Las Vegas, was scratched from the lineup the next day and hasn't played since.

This is his second setback this spring. He also missed time at the beginning of the Cactus League schedule with a virus. The Rangers are off on Wednesday and they are hoping Torrealba will be back in the lineup for the split-squad doubleheader on Saturday against the Cubs and Reds.

Brad Hawpe is also sidelined with a strained left hamstring muscle. His last action was on Sunday when he hit a home run against the Brewers before the game was called because of rain.

The Rangers are hoping that Hawpe will be able to return to action on Thursday, but he has just nine official at-bats this spring. He was sidelined earlier in camp with a strained right hamstring.

Worth noting

• Mike Adams pitched today for Triple-A Round Rock vs. Tucson in Surprise. He pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed two runs. The only hit was a two-run home run. He threw 27 pitches.

• The Rangers have sent catcher Tommy Mendonca back to the Minor Leagues. Mendonca came into camp trying to make the transition from third base to catcher and will continue to do so in Minor League camp. Said manager Ron Washington, "I saw improvement but we really won't know about Mendonca until we get him out in game situations. He works hard and he wants to be a catcher, he just needs to go down and get work."

• Yangervis Solarte, who was in competition to be the utility infielder, was sent down even though he was 6-for-18 with two home runs for the spring. Solarte, a switch-hitter, will continue to play multiple positions in the Minor Leagues. He is not considered as strong defensively as other utility infield candidates in camp, but the Rangers like his versatility and his offensive potential.

• The remaining candidates for the infield spot include Luis Hernandez, Greg Miclat and Alberto Gonzalez.

• Washington was in camp on Tuesday morning but flew back to New Orleans on Tuesday afternoon for a funeral. He is scheduled to return Wednesday evening. The Rangers are off on Wednesday before their day-night split-squad doubleheader on Thursday against the Cubs and Reds.

• Mike Napoli started for the fifth straight game on Tuesday since returning from a strained left groin muscle. He started at designated hitter on Tuesday and drew a walk in his first plate appearance. He has now reached base in eight straight games.

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.