Spring Training opened today for the Texas Rangers as pitchers and catchers reported to camp in Surprise, Arizona, about 25 miles northwest of Phoenix.
The first formal workouts are Wednesday. Position players report Feb. 20 and have their first workout Feb. 21.
“I’ve been around long enough to know how it goes,” Lucroy said. “At the same time, it is exciting to get out there with a new team for a whole year instead of just two months. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Anytime you are around for a full year, I think that helps guys be more comfortable. You know what the deal is. And in that situation, you’re able to play better.”
The first Spring Training game will be Feb. 25 against the Kansas City Royals, the team with whom the Rangers share the complex. The two teams will meet again for the Rangers final Spring Training game in Arizona on March 29, and play a pair of scrimmages on March 31 and April 1 at Globe Life Park.
The World Baseball Classic begins on March 6 and ends on March 22.
Texas opens the regular season by hosting the American League Champion Cleveland Indians on April 3.
Michael K. Brantley is a Staff Writer for Outside Pitch MLB covering the Texas Rangers. You can contact and follow Michael on Twitter.