Stubbs opts out, given release by Rangers

Stubbs opts out, given release by Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Veteran outfielder Drew Stubbs has exercised the out clause in his contract and been granted his release by the Rangers.

That leaves Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Rua as the two reserve outfielders still in camp. Both could make the team if the Rangers go with a four-man bench.

Stubbs was signed at the beginning of Spring Training for depth in center field and to give the Rangers speed off the bench. He hit .300 for the spring but struck out 14 times in 40 at-bats.

The Rangers feel comfortable moving Ian Desmond to center field if Delino DeShields needs a day off, allowing either Rua or Ruggiano to play left field.

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