ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' Opening Day roster always has a few last-minute surprises, and this year was no different.
A week ago, it was unimaginable Keone Kela would not be around for the opener after pitching so well in Spring Training. Tanner Scheppers was less of a surprise, especially after straining an abdominal muscle at the end of camp.
A revamped bullpen is still the most surprising development to the Rangers' Opening Day roster as they get ready to host the Indians on Monday. Texas will submit its final roster on Sunday but was able to scramble through the chaotic last days of Spring Training and finalize its 25-man squad by the end of business on Saturday.
The biggest surprise in the bullpen was Rule 5 Draft pick Mike Hauschild, at least from where things stood at the beginning of Spring Training. But as spring progressed, it became obvious Hauschild was pitching his way onto the staff.
This is not the bullpen the Rangers expected going into camp, but nobody got their job by default. Alvarez, Leclerc and Hauschild all earned their spots.
Catcher: It was a great spring for the Rangers' catchers. Jonathan Lucroy was part of Team USA winning the World Baseball Classic, and Robinson Chirinos got a contract extension.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.