Rangers pleased with Gabbard: Kason Gabbard allowed three runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Angels on Sunday. He now has a 9.39 ERA after three outings and opponents are hitting .429 off him.The Rangers are not alarmed. Connor has Gabbard working mainly with his fastball to build up strength and endurance. "In a normal game, you would have seen him mix in his curveball a little more," Connor said. "Each outing we'd just like to see his consistency of pitches get better." Connor said Gabbard is also "over the hump" as far as worrying about the forearm injury that cut short his season last September. "He's healthy," Connor said. "He's not worried about his arm hurting." Mathis rewarded: The Rangers have officially added starting pitcher Doug Mathis to the Spring Training roster and moved his locker into the Major League clubhouse. Mathis was 11-7 with a 3.76 ERA at Double-A Frisco last year and 0-3 with a 10.66 ERA at Triple-A Oklahoma, but is not likely to be in the starting rotation competition. This is more of a reward for what he's done while being used as an extra pitcher in the early part of the Cactus League schedule. He has made three appearances and pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits but not walking a batter. "We talk in the organization about our starters working quickly, controlling the game, throwing strikes and executing pitches," GM Jon Daniels said. "Doug has come into the game two or three times and done just that. This is a good reward for him and a message for everybody else." He said it: "It gets embarrassing talking about injuries. It's embarrassing that I can't be out there. For us to succeed, I need to be out there. It doesn't do us any good for me to be on the training table." -- McCarthy Briefly: C.J. Wilson (elbow) is planning to throw in the bullpen on Monday. He'll have one more session there, then possibly pitch in a game next weekend. ... Hank Blalock (back, shoulder) could play third base on Monday night after two straight games at designated hitter. German Duran started the last two games at third base because Travis Metcalf is sidelined with a strained hamstring. ... The Rangers lost to the Royals, 7-0, in a "B" game Sunday morning. Bill White, Warner Madrigal, Zach Phillips and Michael Schlact pitched for the Rangers. ... The Rangers have lost five of their last six games. ... Michael Young has six hits in his last 12 at-bats.
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