• Yu Darvish reported some improvement from the stiffness in his neck. The Rangers are hoping he can pitch in a Minor League game in the next couple of days.
• Pitcher Jose Contreras has asked for and been given his unconditional release.
• Mitch Moreland, sidelined with a strained oblique muscle in his left ribcage, is scheduled to play in a Minor League game on Sunday.
• Joe Saunders pitches against the Padres on Sunday in Surprise. Ryan Feierabend starts on Monday against the Athletics with Martin Perez pitching in a Minor League game. Feierabend is getting stretched out because he'll likely end up in the Triple-A Round Rock rotation.
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