Cole De Vries, who earned a spot in the Twins’ rotation as the #5 starter, exited today’s exhibition game against the Red Sox with forearm tightness. Manager Ron Gardenhire isn’t concerned, according to MLB.com’s Jim Hawkins:
“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” said manager Ron Gardenhire. “It didn’t sound like it was a big deal, but we’ll have to see how he feels tomorrow.”
De Vries impressed in spring camp, posting a 0.53 ERA in 17 innings.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the rebuilding Rangers are considering moving on from manager Jeff Banister. Wilson notes that the Rangers aren’t sure if Banister is the right person to lead the club when they become competitive again. Additionally, Wilson notes that there have been some communication issues with Banister, such as not telling players when they’re getting a day off and suddenly inserting players into the lineup without notification. According to Wilson, some players feel their concerns have fallen on “deaf ears” when presented to Banister.
In four years under Banister, the Rangers have gone 325-313 (.509) overall. They went to the playoffs in 2015 and ’16 but lost in the Division Series to the Blue Jays both times, 3-2 and 3-0, respectively.
GM Jon Daniels said he is pleased with the way some players, namely Ronald Guzman, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, José Leclerc, and Jurickson Profar, have developed under Banister. But it remains to be seen if that will be enough to keep Banister in town.
Banister is under contract for the 2019 season, as the Rangers exercised his option last year.