• Edgar Gonzalez's start in a Triple-A game in Viera, Fla., on Thursday was cut short after he was struck on the shin by a line drive. Manager Bo Porter said preliminary reports are that the right-hander, who's battling for a spot in either the bullpen or the rotation, will be fine.
• Porter strongly hinted that Chris Carter will be the starting left fielder, which shouldn't come as a surprise considering how much he's played there this spring.
"We're completely comfortable with him in left field," Porter said. "He's done a great job."
• Outfielder Fernando Martinez remains day to day with tightness in his lower back, and Porter said on Thursday that the trainer reports he'll be ready soon. Porter said that when Martinez is cleared, he'll be given another day to make sure he's 100 percent.
• The Rangers announced on Thursday that left-hander Matt Harrison will start against Bud Norris and the Astros in the March 31 season opener. Yu Darvish will start in Houston on April 2, against Lucas Harrell. Harrison is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in four career games (two starts) against the Astros. Norris has never faced Texas.
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