Gallardo pleased with 'B' game outing vs. Sox

Gallardo pleased with 'B' game outing vs. Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo made his second start of the spring Wednesday, and he said it all went well.

Gallardo allowed one hit over four innings in a "B" game vs. the White Sox prior to the Rangers' Cactus League contest against Chicago.

"Felt good," Gallardo said. "Threw strikes, so that's the most important thing. I was moving the ball in and out, and the second start of spring, that's what you want to do."

"Really effective day for Yovani today, with all pitches in play," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "[He] threw the ball in well, threw the ball away. More important, he pounded the zone."

Gallardo said he threw somewhere between 40 and 50 pitches, and was pleased with his command.

"I feel good," Gallardo said. "The command, being able to command my fastball, that's key, especially early this spring."

Over his eight-year career, spent entirely with the Brewers before joining Texas this past offseason, Gallardo is 89-64 with a 3.69 ERA. And it is because of that experience that Gallardo may find himself starting for the Rangers on Opening Day with Yu Darvish appearing headed toward elbow surgery.

"He's opened up the season before," Banister said. "He's the guy that, really when you look at it, if you were going to line them up all now, he's made all his Spring Training starts early and is getting his pitch count up there. Definitely in the mix."

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.