Banister misses Rangers' spring finale with flu

Banister misses Rangers' spring finale with flu

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister was sent home with the flu on Saturday before the club's final exhibition game against the Mets.

Bench coach Steve Buechele managed the Rangers in Banister's absence. The Rangers flew to Oakland after the game, and Banister will join them on Sunday.

"He didn't want to leave today," general manager Jon Daniels said. "But ultimately, he didn't want to get his team sick. With the energy level he brings and the strength he has, for him to agree to go home shows he is really under the weather."

The Rangers are planning an afternoon workout on Sunday at the O.co Coliseum in preparation for the season opener at 9:05 p.m. (CT) Monday against the Athletics. Banister will be managing in his first Major League game.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.