Banister ill, misses pre-Opening Day workout

Banister ill, misses pre-Opening Day workout

OAKLAND -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister missed his team's workout at the Coliseum on Sunday, but will be in the dugout for Opening Day on Monday night against the Athletics.

Banister is still battling what sounds like a bad case of the flu and missed Saturday's final exhibition game against the Mets in Arlington. He did not fly with the team on Saturday, but arrived in the Bay Area on Sunday by commercial flight.

"Well, I'm here," Banister said by phone in a conference call. "I'm doing better, better than I was yesterday, better than the last three days. I'm still not 100 percent, but I'm trending in that direction."

Monday will be Banister's first game as a Major League manager.

"It would take more than this to keep me away," Banister said.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels flew to Oakland on the same flight with Banister.

"But I didn't sit next to him," Daniels said.

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.