Rule 5 pick DeShields makes Rangers' Opening Day roster

Rule 5 pick DeShields makes Rangers' Opening Day roster

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have officially informed outfielder Delino DeShields that he has made team. DeShields, a Rule 5 Draft pick, will be used off the bench as an outfielder, pinch-runner and possibly on occasion at second base.

'"Obviously I was excited, anxious, ready to figure out what they were going to do wiith me," DeShields, the club's No. 18-ranked prospect, per MLB.com, said. "I was ready to figure out what they were going to do with me. I completely understand my role on this team. It will be a challenge being used to playing every day. But I like challenges. It will be interesting and a fun one."

As a Rule 5 pick from the Astros, DeShields has to be kept on the Major League roster all season or else he is put on waivers. If he clears waivers, he has to then be offered back to Houston for $25,000, at which point the two clubs could also work out a trade to keep DeShields with the Rangers.

DeShields is one of nine Rangers who have never been on an Opening Day roster. The others include outfielders Ryan Rua and Jake Smolinski, second baseman Rougned Odor and relievers Keone Kela, Phil Klein, Roman Mendez and Logan Verrett. Starter Nick Martinez was not technically on the Rangers' Opening Day roster last season although he started the fifth game of the season.

Worth noting

Derek Holland, who is pitching the home opener on Friday, will pitch in an intrasquad game between Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Frisco on Sunday. It will be his final tuneup for the season.

• The Rangers have assigned catcher Chris Gimenez and infielder Tommy Fields to Round Rock.

• Jake Smolinski was 1-for-1 on Saturday against the Mets and finished the spring with a .365 average. That was the highest on the team for a minimum of 35 plate appearances.

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.