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Texas Rangers: Rangers notebook: injuries and surprise retirement have forced the Rangers to seek the depth of the pitching

PHOENIX – A series of injuries and a surprise retreat have the Rangers looking for the beginning of the pitching depth.

But it won't be Dallas Keuchel.

Rangers lost three initial second-line options due to mid-spring training injury: Luke Farrell, Yohander Mendez and Edinson Volquez.

Jason Hammel, informed that he had made the team a long time relieved, chose instead to retire. Leave the Rangers dangerously thin in the event of another injury. The club would rather wait a bit before Taylor Hearn or one of the young prospects becomes considerations.

An apparently obvious choice would be Keuchel, the former winner of Cy Young, who remains unsigned for two weeks in the season. According to reports, Keuchel is willing to take a one-year deal somewhere north of the qualifying $ 17.9 million offer that he turned down from Houston. There are, however, complications in signing Keuchel beyond the price and the risk of adding it without a spring training.

That is to say, which comes in the form of a compensation draft that the Rangers will have to surrender – and to the Astros – for signing Keuchel. The pick, the absolute 40th, is the choice that the Rangers have acquired from Milwaukee in exchange for Alex Claudio.

Director General Jon Daniels said that giving up the choice would be an obstacle to signing such a free agent. Keuchel and the unsigned reliever Craig Kimbrel are the only free agents who have received compensation. Currently the Rangers hold three of the top 50 overall choices in the draft.

"The choice we give up is the one we traded for," Daniels said. "This would add another wrinkle to it."

Citizen Cabrera: Although he has an exceptional career success against Arizona Zack Greinke, Asdrubal Cabrera left the Rangers lineup on Tuesday.

He had a good reason.

He had just zigzagged across the country to swear as a US citizen. Cabrera, a native of Venezuela, flew from Anaheim, California, after Sunday's Miami game for Monday's swearing-in ceremony. He flew to Arizona on Tuesday and arrived in mid-afternoon. Cabrera is expected to return to Rangers training on Wednesday.

Briefly: 3B Asdrubal Cabrera had the day off, despite the incredible success against the start of the Arizona Zack Greinke (16 for 37). Cabrera had to travel on the day off to handle some personal affairs and manager Chris Woodward wanted to give him a day off after consecutive travel days.

– Rangers will transfer broadcasts Saturday against Oakland, Monday and Wednesday against Los Angeles to Fox Sports Southwest + to host the Dallas Stars NHL playoffs.

– OF Willie Calhoun hit his first seasonal home game for Nashville on Thursday.

– In Class A Hickory, C-DH Sam Huff has hit safely in all six games played this season and is beating .409.

– In the A Down East class SS Anderson Tejada has hit safely in all five of his games and is hitting .389.

– Rangers have started selling tickets for their annual Triple Play fundraiser, for the benefit of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. Tickets can be purchased through TexasRangers.com/tripleplay or by calling (817) 273-5275.

Twitter: @Evan_P_Grant

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