Wonder Boy was the bat used by Roy Hobbs in the movie "The Natural", starring Robert Redford. Major League Baseball Productions is making a documentary about the movie and brought one of the 13 bats used in the movie to camp as a prop for player interviews."Think they'll let me use this in batting practice?" outfielder Brad Wilkerson said while gripping it around the batting cage. Mark Teixeira also posed for pictures with Wonder Boy in hand and was asked if he had ever seen the movie. "Are you serious?" Teixeira said. "Only about two dozen times." Rheinecker, Arias ailing: Pitcher John Rheinecker continues to suffer from back spasms and was unable to throw on Tuesday. He is in danger of falling behind in the fifth-starter competition. "He's a week behind right now," pitching coach Mark Connor said. "I didn't think this would be a big deal because he worked so hard this winter, but the longer this goes, the more it sets him back." Joaquin Arias and Drew Meyer, two candidates for a utility job, are also sidelined, both with sore right shoulders. He said it: "Hank looks great. You're talking about one of the most talented players in the game. That's not even up for debate. If Hank goes out there and does what he's capable of, he's got the ability to carry a team for long stretches of time."
-- Michael Young, on Hank Blalock Briefly: Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine met with Ian Kinsler's agents, Jeff Franklin and Jeff Frye, and have wrapped up a one-year deal for him. But it appears that a multiyear deal won't get done right now. ... Gagne was absent from camp for personal reasons. ... Kevin Millwood had another good bullpen session on Tuesday and will start Friday's B game. Also pitching the B game will be Scott Rice, Eric Hurley, Francisco and Daniel Haigwood. ... Kameron Loe starts the A game and will be followed by John Koronka, Edinson Volquez, Eyre, Benoit and Wes Littleton.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less