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Rangers' Banister Basks In Glow Of 1st Workout As Manager - Yahoo Sports

(AP) -- Jeff Banister has plenty of time to worry about whether Prince Fielder and Shin Soo-Choo will be healthy, productive hitters again, or if ace Yu Darvish and left-hander Derek Holland can lift the Rangers out of last place in the AL West. The first-year Texas manager was simply looking forward to being in charge of a big-league workout for the first time Saturday after 29 years in the Pittsburgh organization as a player, coach and instructor at all levels. ''I get to wake up, come downstairs and be excited,'' Banister said. ''I'll put that uniform on and feel like I am the luckiest guy on the planet.'' Coming off four straight 90-win seasons that extended past the regular 162 games and included consecutive trips to the World Series, the Rangers bottomed out quickly last season, using a major league-record 64 players because of injuries. Texas was an AL-worst 67-95. The Rangers also went through 40 pitchers, and Darvish is the one most likely to stabilize the staff if he can stay healthy atop the rotation. The right-hander, who didn't pitch after Aug. 9 because of elbow inflammation, threw a bullpen session Saturday.
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