News: DeShields has secured a 25-man roster spot with the Rangers out of camp, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: DeShields was selected in the Rule 5 draft out of the Astros' organization in the offseason, and apparently showed enough in camp to earn a spot. He's expected to serve mostly as a bench player, but if an injury occurs, it's possible he would see regular time. If that becomes the case, he's got the speed to rack up stolen bases should he get on at a reasonable clip, but expectations should be tempered.
News: Peguero will begin the season in Triple-A, Stefan Stevnson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Peguero remained in consideration for the starting spot in left field just over a week ago, but has now officially been eliminated from the running. Ryan Rua appears to be the leading candidate at this point, while the departure of Peguero means Rule 5 pick Delino DeShields has secured a roster spot.
News: Scheppers (ankle) underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed no structural damage, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Scheppers is still unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, but the results of the MRI are encouraging nonetheless and will allow him to resume throwing in the near future. The 28-year-old could begin the season on the disabled list which would sideline him until at least April 11, but he's expected to fill in as the team's primary setup man when he returns to full health.
News: Rosales will make the Opening Day roster, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: With Rougned Odor (shin) and Elvis Andrus (back) both likely to be ready by Opening Day, Rosales figures to serve as a utilityman to start the season. Rosales' value to the Rangers largely lies in his ability to play all four infield positions, as he owns a .226/.294/.342 slash line through 985 career at-bats, with 24 home runs and just eight stolen bases.
News: Andrus (back) expects to resume baseball activities Wednesday, and he said Tuesday that his injury is nothing to worry about, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: While Andrus may still get into another game or two before the end of spring training, he doesn't necessarily need to play again to be ready for Opening Day. He's otherwise been healthy since early March, when he briefly dealt with some mild patella tendinitis in his left knee.
News: Smolinski is expected to open the season as the Rangers' fourth outfielder, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Smolinski and Ryan Rua were both told that they'll make the Opening Day roster, and while Smolinski was once viewed as the favorite to get most of the playing time in left field, it now appears Rua will fill that role. Smolinski is the more versatile of the two players, and it's still quite possible he gets more at-bats than Rua, especially if Rua struggles against right-handed pitching early on.
News: Rua will likely be the Rangers' starting left fielder, with Jake Smolinski serving as the fourth outfielder, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Rua and Smolinski were both told that they'll make the Opening Day roster, while Delino DeShields Jr. has yet to get similar feedback. Although he may eventually slide back to a platoon role, Rua apparently has a shot to be a near-everyday player to start the season. Part of the motivation may be Smolinski's versatility, as Rua is only viewed as an option for left field and first base. Smolinski has some experience playing right field and in the infield.
News: Scheppers (ankle) is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Scheppers traveled back to Texas to have his ankle examined, after undergoing an MRI on Monday. In the likely event he's placed on the disabled list, he'll be eligible to make his season debut April 11. Once healthy, Scheppers is expected to work as the primary setup man in front of closer Neftali Feliz.
News: Smolinski was told that he will make the Opening Day roster, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: There wasn't really much question, as Smolinski is considered the favorite to open the season as the Rangers' starting left fielder. Ryan Rua, another candidate for playing time in left field, was also told that he will be on the Opening Day roster.
News: Rua was told that he will make the Opening Day roster, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: The same goes for Jake Smolinski, who can help in both the infield and outfield. Rua could be a regular in the lineup against left-handed pitching, but he probably won't see much work when the Rangers face right-handers. He figures to get most of his at-bats from left field, with occasional work as a DH or first baseman.