The Rangers selected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Rockies in the minor league phase of December’s Rule 5 Draft. While we’re not looking at the next two-sport superstar here, Wilson confirmed via his Twitter account today that he will make an appearance at Rangers spring training:
Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, told FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi after the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory that that his client has “no plans to actively participate” in camp with Texas, so don’t expect him to do much of anything. Chances are he’ll simply chat with the team’s minor leaguers and take some pictures.
Wilson was a fourth-round pick of the Rockies in 2010 and batted .229/.354/.356 in 379 plate appearances over two seasons in the minors. He gave up baseball in 2012 in order to prepare for the NFL Draft. That decision has worked out pretty well for him.
The Rangers made a handful of roster moves on Monday, per the club’s executive VP of communications John Blake. Shortstop Elvis Andrus has been activated from the 60-day disabled list, pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. Catcher Jose Trevino was optioned to Double-A Frisco. And yesterday, outfielder Ryan Rua was optioned to Round Rock.
The big news, of course, is the return of Andrus. He missed over two months of action after suffering a fractured right elbow on April 11 when he was hit by a 97 MPH fastball. Andrus had gotten off to a good start, batting .327/.426/.500 in 61 plate appearances.
Jurickson Profar handled shortstop while Andrus was out and did an adequate job. While his defense was subpar according to the metrics, he hit .243/.315/.456 across 267 trips to the plate. With Andrus back, Profar will likely slide back into a utility role for the Rangers.