SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister acknowledged for the first time on Friday what has been obvious all winter.
The Rangers are moving outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from left to right field. That has obviously been the plan from the beginning, but this is the first time Banister has openly talked about the move.
"We think he'll be more comfortable in right field," Banister said.
Choo played mostly left field last season and was the Reds' center fielder in 2013. Prior to that, Choo spent six years playing right field for the Indians. Given the outfield configuration of Globe Life Park, there is less room to cover in right field than left.
"It doesn't matter to me where they put me. I can play all three positions," Choo said.
Holland impresses in live BP
Rangers starting pitchers threw live batting practice again on Friday, and hitters were asking pitching coach Mike Maddux if Derek Holland was in midseason form.
"I told them, 'No, it's only Spring Training," Maddux said. "But the ball looked good coming out of his hand. The hard work he did this winter is showing up."
• Pitcher Martin Perez, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, has been limited to flat-ground throwing, but he is hoping to graduate to the half-mound next week.
• The Rangers made a run at free-agent reliever Joba Chamberlain earlier this week before he re-signed with the Tigers. The Rangers offered him more money, but Chamberlain opted to go back to the Tigers.