But Fukumori has pitched four scoreless innings over three appearances while Guardado has pitched two scoreless in two appearances."They have both done well," Connor said. The reliever who has been most impressive this spring has been right-hander Franklyn German, who is in camp as a non-roster player after spending all of last season with Triple A Oklahoma. German, who was 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 49 games at Oklahoma, has opened up some eyes with a fastball that's hitting 97-99 mph. He has struck out five in three innings without walking a batter. The control is most important. German has pitched in 138 Major League games over the past seven seasons and has walked 6.96 batters per nine innings, the second highest by a pitcher with at least 135 innings in this decade. That's why he's gone from front-line prospect to Triple-A depth. But the Rangers like what they've seen this spring. "He looks like a different guy than last year," Connor said. Wilson, Benoit, Fukumori and Guardado are all guaranteed spots in the Rangers bullpen, while German is one of about a dozen guys who are competing for the final three spots. But the Rangers may find they need all that depth if Benoit and Wilson have any more setbacks. The starting rotation was a concern early in Spring Training, but that is supposed to clear up. Brandon McCarthy, who has been sidelined with soreness in his right elbow/forearm, is expected to make his first appearance in a Cactus League on Friday. He'll follow starter Jason Jennings to the mound and is scheduled to pitch two innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. "He seems to be through all the aches and pains," Connor said. "He's had three bullpen sessions and has gotten better as we've gone along." Kevin Millwood, sidelined with a sore right hamstring, made it through Wednesday's simulated game without problem and could make his first start of the Cactus League on Monday against the Padres. He'll throw once or twice in the bullpen and also test the hamstring in some fielding drills before the Rangers make a final decision. He is still scheduled to pitch the season opener on March 31 against the Seattle Mariners.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.