Another Rangers bullpen lefty sidelined

BY foxsports • February 27, 2015

SURRPISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers are now down to two healthy left-handed bullpen arms in camp.

Edgar Olmos, who was picked up on waivers from Seattle earlier this week, has a sore shoulder. He's sidelined along with Michael Kirkman, who hasn't thrown this week because of a sore shoulder as well.

"We know it's an area we're light," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said. "Our scouts are prepared to go out and look in other camps but it doesn't change any free agents or anything there. We've expressed our level of interest to the free agents and I'm expecting we're going to side anybody at this point."

The good news for the Rangers is that Kirkman is progressing. He was slated to play catch from 105 feet Friday and he could start throwing on flat ground this weekend.

Alex Claudio and non-roster invitee Martire Garcia are the only left-handers who haven't been sidelined this spring.

Texas manager Jeff Banister said despite the problems he has no plans of pulling Ross Detwiler from the competition from the No. 5 starter and put him back in the bullpen, where he's made 63 appearances.

"My approach is I don't worry about what we don't have, take care of what we do and find a way to work with the guys that are available and those who aren't let the appropriate people continue to work with them so they can get on the field of play and compete," Banister said.

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