02/12/2013 8:18 PM ET
Lewis leads pack of pitchers on the mend
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Colby Lewis, who was the Rangers' Opening Day starter in 2012, is one of eight pitchers in camp who are in various stages of recovery from surgery.
• Lewis, who had surgery on his right flexor tendon on July 27, is throwing on flat ground up to a distance of 120 feet. He will meet with Dr. Keith Meister on Wednesday to determine his next steps and when he might be able to throw off a mound. But he has had no issues or setbacks and June 1 remains a tentative target date.
"No pain, I feel great," Lewis said. "There has never been a day where I woke up and couldn't get loose. I'm telling them exactly how I feel. I'm not lying, it feels great."
• Joakim Soria, who had Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery on April 3 while with the Royals, threw off a mound for the first time on Monday without a problem. He threw 15 pitches, all fastballs. He hopes to be back in May.
• Justin Miller, who also had Tommy John surgery in April, threw off a mound for the first time on Tuesday. The Rangers relief prospect is on the same schedule as Soria.
• Neftali Feliz is throwing on flat ground at a distance of 60 feet. He had Tommy John surgery on Aug. 1 and likely won't be back until the last month or two of the season.
• Roman Mendez, who had a stress fracture in his right elbow surgically repaired in November, is still throwing long toss and won't return to a mound until March 1.
• Matt West had Tommy John surgery in August and is throwing off flat ground.
• Randy Wells (elbow surgery July 25) and Kyle McClellan (shoulder surgery July 10) are at full speed with the rest of the pitchers.
Rangers seek utility infielder
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers are still looking outside the organization for a possible utility infielder who can play shortstop. The best name on the market is Ryan Theriot, but top candidates may be reluctant to sign with the club because playing time is limited behind its incumbent All-Stars.
"We've been really fortunate to have great infields over the past decade," Daniels said. "That's always been an issue and something we've heard about from free agents. That's why promoting guys from within gets around that, and trading for guys gets around that."
The Rangers will look at baseball's No. 1 prospect, shortstop Jurickson Profar, as a potential utility infielder, but the better internal candidate may be Leury Garcia. He is a switch-hitter with great speed who has shown the Rangers that he can play both the infield and the outfield.
"He has the legitimate skill set for that role," Daniels said.
Profar, who has not yet arrived in camp, has still not informed the Rangers if he intends to play for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.
Cruz to report to Rangers on Friday
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers expect outfielder Nelson Cruz to be in camp on Friday when position players are scheduled to report.
The Rangers have acknowledged Cruz is part of an MLB investigation into a Miami wellness clinic that allegedly sold performance-enhancing drugs. Cruz is one of the players who has been linked to the clinic as a possible customer.
But Daniels said the Rangers have heard very little from MLB on the subject.
"It's my sense that it's not something we'll hear about until something actually happens," Daniels said. "We have no other choice but to act as business as usual."
• Among the position players working out on Tuesday were Ian Kinsler, Mike Olt, Mitch Moreland, Craig Gentry and Engel Beltre.
• Pitcher Yu Darvish is among those who are scheduled to throw live batting practice on Wednesday during the first official workout.
• In addition to the Major Leaguers, about 35-40 Minor League players are working out at the complex -- including last year's top Draft picks, outfielder Lewis Brinson and infielder Joey Gallo.
• The Rangers announced eight players have agreed to their 2013 salaries: pitchers Jeff Beliveau, Cory Burns, Justin Grimm, Michael Kirkman, Justin Miller, Neil Ramirez, and Robbie Ross and infielder Mike Olt.
• Country music legend Charley Pride arrived in camp on Tuesday to begin working out with the Rangers.
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.