Ryan Ludwick LF TEX 4 Hrs
Ludwick will not make the Opening Day roster, and he is now considering his options, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Ludwick could look to catch on with another organization, but given that he's having a poor spring and hasn't been productive since 2012, the 36-year-old may just opt to open his season with Triple-A Round Rock. He owns an ugly .200/.188/.300 slash line through 30 at-bats in Cactus League play, and it's possible retirement is also on his radar.
Nick Martinez SP TEX 4 Hrs
Martinez appears to be the front runner for the final spot in the starting rotation, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
Martinez and Nick Tepesch are the favorites, with Anthony Ranaudo and Lisalverto Bonilla also part of the competition. Ross Detwiler was named to the starting rotation Thursday, leaving just the one spot up for grabs. Martinez has a 1.93 ERA and 5:0 K:BB in just 4.2 Cactus League innings this spring.
Coco Crisp CF/DH OAK 4 Hrs
Crisp (elbow) surprisingly took the field for a workout Thursday afternoon, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Crisp was expected to get the day off, but he may be progressing a bit faster than previously anticipated. He still hopes to be ready by Opening Day, after getting a cortisone shot Tuesday.
Derek Law RP SF 4 Hrs
Law (elbow) remains on track to start facing hitters in about two months, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports.
Law hopes to be pitching in games by June or July, and while his recovery from Tommy John surgery seems to be going well, the injury has likely pushed back his timetable to reach the majors. Although he's yet to pitch above the Double-A level, Law was a candidate for the big-league bullpen last spring, due in large part to some injuries in front of him.
Derek Holland SP TEX 4 Hrs
Holland is still expected to start the Rangers' home opener against the Astros on April 10, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
Yovani Gallardo will get the Opening Day nod, allowing Holland a few more days of preparation. The veteran lefty has been healthy since dealing with shoulder soreness early in spring training.
Yovani Gallardo SP TEX 5 Hrs
Gallardo will take the hill in Oakland on Opening Day, MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports.
With Yu Darvish (elbow) out for the season, Gallardo and Derek Holland were the two candidates to start Opening Day. Holland will presumably pitch the second game of the season, with Colby Lewis going third and Ross Detwiler fourth. The fifth spot is still up for grabs between Nick Tepesch, Nick Martinez, and possibly Anthony Ranaudo and Lisalverto Bonilla.
Ross Detwiler RP TEX 5 Hrs
Detwiler will open the season as the Rangers' fourth starter, MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports.
Yovani Gallardo will start on Opening Day, while the fifth and final spot in the rotation remains up for grabs, with Nick Tepesch and Nick Martinez the leading candidates. Detwiler's having a solid but unspectacular spring, and his first start lines up for Apr. 9 (Thursday) in Oakland.
Sean Doolittle RP OAK 5 Hrs
Doolittle (shoulder) said he will begin playing catch Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
This is a big step in Doolittle's progression, as he has thus far been limited to sock throws since getting a platelet-rich injection in January. He hopes to join the A's by late April, but it won't be surprising if he isn't ready until May. Tyler Clippard still figures to work as the closer until Doolittle is ready.
Garrett Richards SP LAA 5 Hrs
Richards (knee) will throw five innings in a minor league game Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Richards is scheduled to throw five innings in the contest, which could ultimately lead to an activation Apr. 12 after a six-inning outing Thursday. That seems to be the best-case scenario, however, as manager Mike Scioscia said Richards experienced some fatigue after his last outing, and the team is prepared to scale back his return if necessary.
Eugenio Velez 2B TB 5 Hrs
Velez was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.
Velez provides some versatility both at the dish (switch-hitter) and in the field, but he's nothing more than an organizational depth option at this point in his career. While Velez went 5-for-15 with one strikeout with the big club this spring, he's hit just .241/.287/.367 in parts of five seasons at the major league level, the last of which was in 2011.