SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Relievers Phil Klein and Jon Edwards are in their first big league camp. As they rotated fields during pitchers' fielding practice, they found themselves working on comebackers with one of the special assistants in Rangers camp.
Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux was hitting them grounders back to the mound.
"It probably hasn't sunk in yet," Klein said. "You heard so much about him growing up, it's so surreal. He was one of the greatest of all time."
"His personality has a way of relaxing you," Edwards said. "He's having fun while you are doing it."
Maddux had a few autograph requests but otherwise just blended in with the rest of the Rangers' field staff.
"That's the way he is," said older brother Mike Maddux, who is the Rangers' pitching coach. "That's why I admire him. He is the guy next door. Accolades aside, that's what he is. It's not like he walks around with a letterman's jacket with HOF on it."
Greg Maddux was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, but he is still back for his fourth season as a special assistant. He will be in and out of camp all spring.
"Of course," he said. "It's baseball … the whole package."
• Shortstop Elvis Andrus was in camp and working out on Saturday. Position players aren't required to be here until Wednesday.
• Mitch Moreland has been in Arizona since the beginning of the year. He is coming back from left ankle surgery and did his rehab work at an institute in Phoenix.
• Manager Jeff Banister talked about the importance of pitchers' fielding practice. Said Banister, "I don't want the ball to hit the ground. If you want to be an elite organization, you've got to have championship execution. Our goal is we want to get through the day without the ball hitting the ground. Try to execute the proper mechanics of playing the game."
• The Rangers had four groups of four pitchers throw in the bullpen on Saturday. The 16 pitchers threw 30-45 pitches each. The Rangers have 33 pitchers in camp, and 15 will throw their bullpens on Sunday. Martin Perez and Matt Harrison are not yet throwing off a mound.